Saint Patricks Day Here are 10 Saint Patricks Day writing prompts you can use to ring in the holiday with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Holidays on Amazon.
Writing Prompts #5
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?
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?
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
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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