641. St. Patrick, who was originally born in Britain, was taken to Ireland as a slave. Eventually, he would end up teaching values throughout the country and becoming a national hero. How do you think St. Patrick was able to forgive the Irish for taking him away from his home? Why did he choose to be nice to them after what they did?
642. At first, the color connected with St. Patrick was actually blue. Imagine that famous holiday figures such Santa Claus were connected with totally different and strange colors. How do you think the holidays would change and why?
643. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to teach the Irish about religion. What are some other items found in nature that could be used to teach people lessons? Would they work as well as a book or a computer? Why or why not?
644. While Ireland celebrated St. Patrick's Day as a religious holiday, it became more about Irish culture when it was celebrated in the United States. Why do you think the holiday became more cultural?
645. What do you think St. Patrick, a very religious man, would think about all of the drinking, food, and games that go along with the holiday connected to his name? Write a letter from him, addressed from beyond the grave to the United States, asking for some changes to be made to this raucous, green celebration.
646. The first St. Patrick's Day parade occurred in New York City in 1762, when soldiers with the English army marched through the streets. How do you think the St. Patrick's Day parade has changed in over 300 years since that first march? Which one was probably more fun and why?
647. While Ireland made St. Patrick's Day an official holiday in 1903, in the 1990s, it decided to make it wholeheartedly Irish. The festival now includes Irish folk music, theatre festivals and fireworks that promote Irish heritage. Describe what it might be like to take part in such a festival in the heart of the Irish nation.
648. A famous St. Patrick's Day and Irish meal is the combination of corned beef and cabbage. Imagine that you cooked this holiday meal for your family. Do you think they would enjoy it? Why or why not?
649. St. Patrick's Day celebrations occur all over the world, including Argentina, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand and more. Which country's celebration might you want to visit next year and why?
650. In 2012, Guinness World Records named St. Patrick's Day as The Friendliest Day of the Year, with over 400,000 people celebrating worldwide. What makes St. Patrick's Day so friendly? What days might be even friendlier than the Irish holiday and why?