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Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish!
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th which the religious feast day and anniversary of St. Patrick's death. For thousands of years, the Irish have celebrated this religious holiday by attending church in the morning and celebrating with dance, drink, and feast in the afternoon.
In the 1700s, other countries began celebrating this holiday. The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States in New York City on March 17, 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the streets of New York in an effort to reconnect with their roots and fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.
Today Ireland offers a lot in addition to this most internationally celebrated holiday. The country also offers a rich history and wonderful landmarks. In southwestern Ireland, there is a very famous stone, called the Blarney Stone. It is located high up in Blarney Castle. If you kiss the Blarney Stone, it is supposed to give you the gift of gab or eloquence in speaking.
Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions of people have visited Blarney Castle, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.
This year to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you can turn a simple river rock into a small, kissable Blarney Stone.
What You Need:
A smooth, clean rock
Bits of yarn
What You Do:
Make sure your rock is clean and dry. Paint the rock green. After the paint is dry, decorate your rock using glitter, sequins, beads, plastic jewels, googly eyes, bits of yarn, or other interesting items. When the paint and glue are dry, add details (like eyebrows, etc.) using markers.
You now have your own small Blarney Stone to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
Hooray for St. Patrick's Day by Joan Holub