Celebrating the life of St Patricks and spreading Christianity to Ireland. It is the day of revelry and celebration of all things Irish and heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
It is usually celebrated wearing green attire or shamrocks. Leprechauns are one reason people are supposed to wear green on this day – or risked getting pinched!
The tradition is tied to folklore that says wearing green makes you invisible to Leprechauns
In activities we did many crafts to celebrate this event including making shamrocks, and leprechaun decorated cup table displays. We also enjoyed Irish poems and limericks and sang some Irish songs we knew including cockles and muscles.
We included the kitchen staff at the home where the chef manager cooked Irish stew for lunch and we had green cupcakes to enjoy. We also made a St Patricks day selfie frame where residents and staff took part in having selfie pictures which everyone enjoyed and involved the whole home in this celebration.
The residents finished the afternoon by watching The River Riverdance and had the option of having a go at the Irish gig with me .
Not only was this a fun activity and a team building activity but it helped the residents who may be suffering from dementia to know where we are in the year. This helped residents at Broadmead Resthome to reminisce together of times spent in Ireland when they had visited there. Many activities were created from this event.