Key words£ºIrish£¬St. Patrick¡¯s Day£¬shamrock, leprechaun 
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Genre£ºfolklore Topic£ºfestival Words:270
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St. Patrick is believed to have used the shamrock,
with its three leaves, to teach his followers.

St. Patrick¡¯s Day
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Author£ºUnknown Source£ºwww.britishcouncil.org 
Date£º2008-5-26 Editor£ºEmma



(Leprechauns, little Irish spirits)

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St. Patrick¡¯s Day is a very well-known Irish national holiday, which is celebrated not only in Ireland but all around the world. It honors St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. 

Falling on the 17th of March, the holiday is celebrated world-wide with people watching St. Patrick¡¯s Day parade, dancing and singing in Irish public houses, and just generally having a good time. Green is the traditional Irish color. Because of this, people wear green clothes on the day. Some even color their hair or faces green. And some drinking places serve green beer. Many people eat the traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage. And many attend Saint Patrick¡¯s Day parties.  

On St. Patrick¡¯s Day, pictures of shamrocks and leprechauns are hung everywhere. St. Patrick is believed to have used the shamrock, with its three leaves, to teach his followers. You are thought to be lucky if you find a shamrock with four leaves. Leprechauns are little Irish spirits. The Irish say that if a leprechaun is caught by a human, he will show the person where he hides his pot of gold.

St. Patrick is often said to be the first person to have introduced Christianity to Ireland. Probably he was a Roman brought up in northern England. He is most known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. Some stories tell that he stood on a hill and used a wooden stick to drive the snakes into the sea. It is true that Ireland has no snakes.

 


Discussion£º

1. On St. Patrick¡¯s Day, pictures of leprechauns are probably hung to ______.

A. bring good luck                             B. scare bad spirits away

C. honor St. Patrick                           D. collect money

2. Which of the following is true of St. Patrick?

A. He was born in the fifth century in Ireland.

B. He brought shamrocks with four leaves to people.

C. He was highly respected by the Irish people.

D. He was not a real person in history.  

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