St. Patrick’s day is a holiday celebrated every March 17. In America and Canada, people usually celebrate by wearing the color green and eating traditional Irish foods like corned beef and cabbage. Shamrocks, rainbows, pots-of-gold and leprechauns are also associated with St. Patrick's Day. The shamrock is sometimes worn as a badge on people’s collars. Three is Ireland's magic number and the three petals of the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck. The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion. The leprechaun is a small Irish fairy. He is dressed like a shoemaker, with pointed shoes and hat. He also wears a leather apron. Leprechauns are supposed to be unfriendly little men who live alone in the forest, spending all of their time making shoes and guarding their treasures. If someone catches a leprechaun, he will be forced to tell where he hides all his pots of gold. Usually, leprechauns hide their gold at the end of the rainbow. However, the leprechaun must be watched at all times. If his captor looks away, the leprechaun will vanish along with his treasure.
This year, we want you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us. If you wear green to school between March 12 and March 18, you can receive a prize.