We have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of green today, as Irish revelers around the world celebrate their unique heritage. Whether you’re lucky enough to be in Ireland, where the day is a public holiday, or whether you’re exploring Irish culture in school, we thought we’d share some fun facts about the festivities, as well as a green glog template to help you remember your own St Patrick’s celebrations with photos, videos, text and more!
St Patrick’s Day has been celebrated since the 17th Century, and traditionally marks the life and death of Ireland’s patron saint. St. Patrick grew up in Great Britain, but was captured by pirates as a teen and taken to Ireland where he became a Christian missionary. According to legends about St. Patrick he chased all of the snakes in Ireland into the sea, and they never returned. St Patrick also gave Ireland the symbol of the three-leafed clover, or shamrock, as he carried the plant to remind him of his belief in God’s three forms.
In 19th Century America, St. Patrick’s Day regained popularity as a time for persecuted Irish immigrants to gather together and express their cultural pride, and this idea of solidarity and celebration lives on. In Ireland, people might celebrate by listening to traditional Celtic music, attending a town parade (the smallest of which is in the village of Dripsey, traveling 100 yards between two pubs) and, of course, drinking Guiness with friends and family. Elsewhere, celebrations include dying lakes and rivers green, pinching children who forget to wear green, eating green cupcakes and telling folk tales about leprechauns and pots of gold.
While we’re fairly certain your class celebrations will have less beer than a traditional Irish festival, we’re excited to see how you and your learners pay homage to Ireland’s rich and ancient culture. That’s why we’ve designed a special template for you to share with your class. With the Glogster app for iPad, your students can capture images, video, audio and more, alongside their own fun facts about Patrick and Ireland. Check out our example for some inspiration!
Whether you’re performing traditional Irish folk songs or dressing as a leprechaun, a glog is the perfect way to capture every aspect of a school celebration and share the fun with students’ families. We wish you “sláinte agus táinte” – health and wealth – on St Patrick’s Day!