Friday, March 11, 2016

243 St. Patrick's Day Colouring Pages

As we head into the final week before St. Patrick's Day, it seemed a good idea to focus attention on that holiday.

March 17 is only six days away and with it comes the fun and spirit of the Emerald Isle. Though this celebration of Ireland's patron saint arrives a few days before spring, with its charming images of leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold,  it certainly feels more like a party for that season.

Verdant shamrocks decorating everything from windows to websites, people sporting every hue of green, contribute to a vibrant landscape far more synonymous with the blooming season yet to come, than the miserable one we are exiting.

In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is more of a religious event. In other places though, grownups in green gather in pubs to sip  beer of a distinct colour and sample traditional Irish fare, while listening to the flutes and fiddles of Celtic entertainers.  In certain cities around the world the day is marked by festivities and parades that many enjoy,  regardless of  ethnicity or culture.

My childhood memories of the holiday are simple, yet again carry with them the hint of this being the right occasion to usher out winter.  There is such a lively vibe to it, even a child must notice.

I remember prior to March 17, classmates and I (with much excitement about a holiday to which few of us could lay any legitimate claim)  working on little projects to decorate the schoolroom and Mom's bulletin board. Clipping shamrocks to hang from strings put spring in the air, in contrast to the dirty mounds of snow that lingered outside the windows.

More shamrocks were found in charming images that also included  impish leprechauns and pretty rainbows. These we spent pleasant times colouring with enthusiasm.

With this childhood memory filling my mind as we look ahead to St. Patrick's Day then, here are some terrific colouring pages for the occasion: St. Patrick's Day Colouring Pages St. Patrick's Day Colouring Pages

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