In Ireland and Northern Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. But in the United States, it is primarily a secular, or non-religious, holiday in which people don green attire and lucky shamrocks in celebration of Irish heritage. Parades are also a big part of St. Patrick’s Day in more than 100 U.S. cities.
Here are some activities from KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide.
1. The shamrock a plant with three leaflets is a national symbol in Ireland. Find information on the shamrock, then, in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, collect shamrocks found in newspaper ads.
2. Pretend you are going on a trip to Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. First, do research on Ireland to find out what the weather is like and which places you would like to visit. Then pack your bags using items found in the newspaper ads.
St. Patrick’s Day Newspaper Scavenger Hunt
Find as many of these items as you can in the newspaper:
1. An advertisement for an item that would take a “pot of gold” to buy.
2. A recipe for preparing corned beef and cabbage.
3. A feature story about lucky people or events.
4. A city that might be able to see a rainbow due to their weather.
5. A list of all the different shades of green named in the paper.
6. Four lucky things you wish for, that you could write on each leaf of a four leaf clover.
7. Somewhere hosting a St. Patrick’s Day parade, party or dance.
8. Something Irish.
9. A photo of someone celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
10. A story about someone who is helping others, like St. Patrick helped his fellow Irishmen.
11. Find a classified help wanted listed that would be a good job for a leprechaun.
12. A list of Irish names found in the obituary listings.
13. The name of a sport’s team whose colors are green & white.
14. A comic strip about St. Patrick’s Day.
The Saint Patrick’s Day Newspaper Scavenger Hunt was provided by Diane Goold, Newspaper In Education Director, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, MO and Dale Miller (Essex County Newspaper)