Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early 17th century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general. The day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services, wearing of green attire (especially shamrocks), and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol, which is often proscribed during the rest of the season. Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also celebrated by the Irish diaspora worldwide.
Students may not be familiar with Saint Patrick’s Day but you can include a brief history of the holiday when introducing this topic so that they have some understanding of its origins. At this time, there are 42 worksheets posted in this section for you to choose from. Take a look at this page for an entire Saint Patrick’s Day lesson. A crossword puzzle, article, facts, teacher’s notes, and answer key are all included. You can use questions one to three as guiding questions for a discussion about Saint Patrick’s Day and even use the follow up section of the lesson plan to teach your students some Irish phrases. This lesson would be most appropriate for upper intermediate to advanced students but you can use a similar format when creating your own worksheet for lower level learners or choose another worksheet from this section. To really get students into the holiday spirit, encourage them to dress in green and decorate the classroom with shamrocks.