Patrick¡¯s Day£¬shamrock, leprechaun
Patrick is believed to have used the shamrock,
with its three leaves, to teach his followers.
St. Patrick¡¯s Day
(Leprechauns, little Irish spirits)
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
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
B. He brought shamrocks with four leaves
C. He was highly respected by the Irish
D. He was not a real person in history.