Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Patrick

 Saint Patrick, who lived during the 5th century, is the patron saint of Ireland. 

He was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped at the age of 16, and taken to Ireland as a slave. Although he later escaped, he returned to Ireland and brought Christianity to the country.
One of the well known legends about him is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.     

Here are teaching moments for your child. Play a guessing game and give a shamrock or other green prize for the correct answer:

  • What's the traditional St. Patrick's Day food?  Ans: Corned beef and cabbage.
  • In 2009, about 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States.

  • Where does Irish soda bread gets its name & character?  Ans: From the baking soda.
  • What's the popular color for chrysanthemums on St. Patrick's Day?  Ans: Green
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