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It's Saint Patrick's Day on March 17

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Saint Patrick’s Day is a national Irish holiday that is celebrated on the 17th of March every year. It is a celebration of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, who died on that date. This day has now become an international festival dedicated to celebrating the Irish culture, with parades, Irish dancing, Irish traditional music, and everyone dressed in green. Every year across Ireland there are hundreds of parades, the largest being in Dublin, the capital of Ireland. It is a very important cultural event for the Irish people as many tourists come to Ireland to celebrate the occasion.

The Irish people uphold a number of traditions on Saint Patrick’s Day. These include:

  • Everyone in Ireland must wear an item of green clothing; if they don’t, then the tradition is to pinch the person who isn’t wearing green.
  • Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional meal eaten by many Irish families on this day.
  • Many Irish people like to dress up on this occasion, the most popular costumes being a leprechaun or Saint Patrick himself.
  • People wear Irish hats and scarves that are green, white and orange.
  • Irish pub-goers will all have a pint of Guinness on this day.
  • Lastly, many Irish people wear a shamrock on their clothing, as it is the iconic symbol of Ireland.

Ireland is not the only country that celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day. Across the world there are many cities that also celebrate the 17th of March. In the United States of America alone there are a number of events, such as the huge Saint Patrick’s Day parade in New York, dyeing the Chicago River green for the occasion, and turning the lights on the Empire State Building green for the night. Elsewhere, the Sacré-Coeur in Paris and the London Eye in the UK will both have a green glow in honour of Saint Patrick. 

For many Irish people, including myself, it's a special day to celebrate the Irish culture with family and friends.

Discussion

Have you ever been to a Saint Patrick’s Day parade? Are there any iconic landmarks in your county that celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

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Jonathan - Coor... 20 April, 2016 - 08:00

Hi. There's no need to apologise! This website is here to help you practise and enjoy learning English. :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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angelcat 19 March, 2016 - 02:50

In Singapore, we do not celebrate Saint Patrick's.But since we are a Christian family,I've been to a party.AND EVERYONE was dressed in green except for me .So you know what happened next........

WHAT A DAY!

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Elsa007 19 March, 2016 - 05:37

Could it be that you got green about the gills??
They didn't give you the green light, did they?
So you claimed that you had a green thumb, and they became green with eye when they thought the grass was always greener on the other side.

WHAT A DAY!

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Jonathan - Coor... 19 March, 2016 - 08:47

You included an impressive number of green idioms in your comment :)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Elsa007 19 March, 2016 - 09:12

Thank you Jonathan☆
I'm a greenhorn and I have much to learn about 'C'est la vie'.
Besides, I'm rather green and don't have enough experience!☆
Could you tell me, Jonathan, I wonder if a green-eyed monster is a key to impress your date or it doesn't have the green light to start a date?
Elsa

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Jonathan - Coor... 19 March, 2016 - 11:51

I don't think jealousy is a good emotion so I'd rather spend time with some little green men than with a green-eyed monster. :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Elsa007 20 March, 2016 - 07:17

With some little green men?!!
Oh no, they look horrible! The green man with yellow suits and red boots!?
Then I'd rather be with a green-eyed boy! ☆

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AliceZ 19 March, 2016 - 01:56

We don't celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in China either...But I at least know what's Saint Patrick's day.

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epicchel87 18 March, 2016 - 19:06

Well, it's awful that we don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Russia. Instead, we have a lot of boring religious events, for instance, Lent (Here's no purpose to outrage believers, it's just my own attitude). It will be awesome to visit Northern Ireland. and take part in one pf this parades ;)

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dipalmamichele 16 March, 2016 - 18:27

Here in Italy we don't celebrate Saint Patrick's Day...
It will be great to participate in one of these parades!

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youaretheonlyone29 16 March, 2016 - 13:30

Most of people in my country follows Buddhism so there aren't many holiday about "Saint" and Catholic or something like that. Anyway, the blog is great and fantastic :)) I enjoy it so much.

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