St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated next week (March 17) but how much do we really know about the origins of St. Patty’s Day?
Here are some quick facts about St. Patrick’s Day and Irish Americans from History.com:
- There are 36.9 million U.S. residents with Irish roots. This number is more than eight times the population of Ireland itself (4.5 million).
- A total of 4.8 million immigrants from Ireland have been admitted to the United States for lawful permanent residence since 1820, the earliest year for which official records exist. Only Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Mexico have accounted for more U.S. immigrants.
- Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. In 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States. Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive character from the use of baking soda rather than yeast as a leavening agent.
- Irish is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, ranking behind German. In fact, Irish ranks among the top five ancestries in every state except Hawaii and New Mexico. It is the leading ancestry group in Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.
- Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada and Australia.
- In Ireland, St. Particks Day is observed as a religious feast day and the anniversary of his death on March 17 around 460 A.D. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.
- More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States; New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.
Want to Bring St. Patty’s Day to your classroom? Check out some of these Classroom Ideas!
Featured Product: St. Patrick’s Day Enhanced eBook (On sale!) May the luck o’ the Irish be with you and your students as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Use the front and back covers to create a colorful bulletin board that will help your students get ready for a special day. One suggested arrangement is shown on the front cover. Use the pages that follow to introduce your students to interesting facts about this holiday and the country of Ireland as they complete activities in language arts, math and more.
This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
ST PATRICK S DAY – Accelerated Reader Book Briefly discusses the history and customs connected to the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
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