Guest Author - Kim Lynch
Like so many holidays, St. Patrick's Day started as a religious holiday. In Ireland it is still mainly a religious holiday, although things are changing in the name of tourism. In the United States and the rest of the world, St. Patrick's Day is viewed as a celebration of the Irish and all things Irish.
If you're one of the 93 million Americans who will be wearing green this March 17, then you might also be looking for a few other little extras to help celebrate the day. Printable greeting cards, coloring pages, craft projects and more. Here are some online sites to help get the celebration started.
Looking for a little inspiration for a St. Patrick's Day toast, these sites will help you find just the right words.
Irish Blessings, Prayers and Toasts I
Irish Blessings, Curses, Quotations, Proverbs,And Toasts II
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Want to celebrate with a parade, then visit the "largest Irish Parade Website in the World."
History of St. Patrickís Day
Want to know the history behind St. Patrickís Day? Then turn to the history experts at the History Channel. Learn about the history of St. Patrick and the holiday. Then test your knowledge by taking one of the History Channels Quizzes about Ireland and the Irish.
St. Patrickís Day Bookmarks These 3 printable bookmarks capture the spirit of the holiday. Print on heavy paper for some really lovely bookmarks that will surely bring you the luck through out the year.
An email for those who are Irish or simply want to be with every email.
Print Free Cards
Want to send a St. Patrickís Day greeting, but donít have time to run to the store to buy a card? Itís your lucky day. Print free makes it easy to print your own card and send a St. Paddyís Day greeting.
St. Patrick's Day e-greetings
These fun e-cards capture the spirit of the day. Even if you don't celebrate, you can still send a smile with an e-cards from care2.com. Hallmark also offers a small selection of e-cards.
St. Patrickís Day Crafts
This site includes instructions for 33 easy to make craft projects. Kids will enjoy creating everything from a St. Patrickís Day flag to an Irish Flag Pin and a St. Patís picture magnet. Most of the projects are constructed from easy to find materials that can be found around the house.
Free Kidís Crafts
Your kids can create their own Irish fashions. Projects include an Irish neck tie, Irish socks and a shamrock pin.
BlackDogís St. Patrickís Day Fun and Games
Coloring pages, puzzles and quizzes are included with printable St. Patrick themed bookmarks and stationary. A nice collection of St. Patrick related items and activities, but I found the floating shamrock a bit annoying.
DLTK Activities for Kids
Keep the kidís busy on St. Patrickís Day with these printable games and puzzles. Print out your own Irish maze work sheets, bingo cards, dominos or word search or play one of the online activities like the jigsaw puzzle, concentration game or tic tac toe.
Click on each link for a wide selection of St. Patrick Day printable projects. This site has a nice selection including stationary, word games and coloring projects.
Free St. Patrickís Day Clip Art
Create your own Irish themed projects with this collection of teddy bears, shamrocks, leprechauns and kids.
If you want to cook up some traditional Irish dishes, then this site will help you create some fabulous meals. You will find a small, but nice selection of Irish recipes including Irish Coffee, Potato Bread, Corn Beef and Cabbage and Beer Potato Soup.
Irelandís National Anthem
Warning do NOT click unless you want to hear Irelandís National Anthem. This site plays the Anthem.