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Marchbe is St. Patrick’s andheart be light, Saint Patrick was a missionary who lived in May your 17th pockets heavy andDay your people celebrate their patron May goodIrish luck pursue you each morning and night. Ireland. He died on March 17th, 493 A.D. saint. The national symbol of Ireland is the shamrock. Another symbol is the harp.

The legend says he arrived in Ireland as a slave. He was a slave for six years. He brought Christianity to Ireland. He used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.

"There is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow."

The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation. People wear green clothes on St. Patrick’s Day and some women wear green ribbons in their hair. They also pin shamrocks on their jackets. Children in Ireland have a tradition of pinching their friends who don’t wear green on this day!

Many Irish people went to live in America and they brought this tradition to this continent. People who are not Irish

People also eat green sandwiches, green cakes and have green beer!

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“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,

If you catch a leprechaun, he can tell you where his pot of gold is. But be careful, if you stop looking at him for an instant, he disappears!

The traditional food on this day is corned beef with cabbage and Irish stew (meat, potatoes and onions cooked together).

celebrate this day, too. There are big St. Patrick’s parades . Bagpipes play Irish music and people sing and dance jigs (a very fast dance).

"There is a pot of gold at the end of every

A leprechaun is an Irish little fairy. Leprechauns work as shoe-makers for other fairies. The legend says they are unfriendly and that they possess a hidden pot of gold.

“For each petal on the shamrock

This brings a wish your way – Good health, good luck and happiness For today and every day.”

“Better the coldness of a friend than the sweetness of an enemy.”


1. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on __________________________ a) May 17th b) April 17th c) March 17th 2. The national symbol of Ireland is ________________________ a) a rose b) a shamrock c) a violet 3. St. Patrick is the patron saint of __________________________ a) the USA b) Great Britain c) Ireland 4. The Irish flag is _______________________ a) green, white and orange b) green, blue and white c) green, white and yellow 5. The traditional food on St. Patrick’s day is ___________________ a) turkey and baked potatoes b) corned beef with cabbage c) chicken and chips 6. People wear ________ clothes and _______ ribbons and eat ________ cakes, sandwiches and beer. a) yellow b) red c) green 7. Leprechauns ______________ a) work in a shoe shop b) are Irish little fairies c) are friendly and nice 8. The legend says that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the _______________ a) clouds b) rainbow c) rainy day


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