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Irish Culture: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

A country has unique traditions, symbols, and foods that make up its culture. In this lesson, learn all about the culture of Ireland and find out why the Irish are proud of their traditions.

The Emerald Isle

Let's explore the island nation of Ireland, located in Europe and home to beautiful countryside. Ireland is well-known for its lush green trees and plants. It is often called ''The Emerald Isle'' because emeralds have a deep green color. Irish culture is full of history and tradition, and those who live there take great pride in all that makes Ireland special!

The Irish countryside is full of small cottages and brilliant green plants.
countryside village

Irish Folklore and Celebrations

Ireland has a lot of folklore, meaning stories about people and creatures that have been passed down through the generations. The most famous stories are about the leprechaun. These small green fairies are often tricksters, and the story goes that they will do anything to protect their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The tricky leprechaun has become a symbol of Ireland.
parade

It is very common to see people dressed as leprechauns during one of Ireland's major holidays, St. Patrick's Day. This holiday is celebrated to honor Christianity coming to Ireland. Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated with festivals, parades, and events with music and dancing in Ireland and all over the world.

Music and Dancing

Speaking of music and dancing, these are popular arts in Ireland, and they have been for hundreds of years. Irish folk music commonly uses instruments like harps, flutes and uilleann pipes, which are like Ireland's version of bagpipes.

Traditional Irish dancing involves complicated steps where the feet are moving quite fast while the arms are still and against the dancer's sides. Many years ago, dancing was a way for people in Ireland to be social, and this would be a happy way to end a long week. Now Irish dancing has become very popular across the world, and many people enjoy going to see performances of Irish dancers.

Tasty Treats

The main crop grown in Ireland hundreds of years ago was potatoes, and because of that many Irish dishes even now contain potatoes. Coddle is an Irish stew that has sausages, onions, carrots and potatoes. It is a popular dinner dish and is often served with Irish soda bread.

Irish soda bread is commonly served with stews or soups.
Irish food

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