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You’ve got the luck of the Irish! This month we’ve created three reading-inspired posters for St. Patrick’s Day so you can celebrate with your library patrons. Download the posters for free and check out these facts about St. Patrick’s Day.
Don’t forget to wear green on March 17th!
History of St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick, born in Roman Britain during the late 4th century, is a patron saint of Ireland. He was kidnapped and enslaved in Ireland at the age of 16. He escaped but returned to the emerald island to convert the Irish to Christianity in 432 AD. Many legends have been spun around St. Patrick. Most famous is his use of the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland celebrates Saint Patrick with religious services and feasts.
St. Patrick’s Day in American
It was emigrants in the United States who transformed the holiday into a massive celebration of all things Irish. Large American cities, mostly on the east coast, had large numbers of Irish immigrants, who created large celebrations which included parades and parties. It wasn’t until 1737 when Boston, Massachusetts, celebrated the holiday with the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade. New York City followed suit in 1762. Since 1962 Chicago has colored their river green to mark the holiday!
Want more facts about St. Patrick’s Day? Check out these interesting facts you can share with students!
St. Patrick’s Day Reading Posters
Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland with Alexandria’s free reading posters! Download the posters below.
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