St. Patrick’s day can be a fun opportunity for au pairs and kids alike to learn about Irish history and cultural traditions. So if you’re wondering why the kids are eating green bagels tomorrow, read on:
“The Charitable Irish Society of Boston organized the first observance of Saint Patrick’s Day in the United States in 1737. The tradition of celebrating this day continued to grow with the influx of Irish immigrants to the United States.
St Patrick’s Day, on March 17, remembers one of Ireland’s patron saints, St Patrick. It largely celebrates Irish-American culture in the United States but many non – Irish descendants enjoy the celebrations too . Celebrations include Irish themed parties, drinks and food. Many people get into the spirit by dressing in green clothing and eating green colored food. Irish clubs and pubs often hold parties.”
Activities for the Kids
Talk about the history of St. Patrick’s day while they do a fun craft or activity. PBS Parents has fun ideas like making badges, leprechaun hats, shamrock crafts and lucky clover pins. And check out one of our Community Counselor posts about how to make your own Blarney Stone!
For some history on St. Patrick’s Day, head over to GBP Education for fun facts, activities, and a short video from the History Channel about the history of St. Patrick’s Day.
And if you like cooking, check out some authentic Irish recipes too!