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Must you be Irish to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day? Absolutely not!
As a matter of fact, Saint Patrick was not Irish.
History is a little sketchy as to whether he was Scottish or Welsh, but it is a well-known fact that Saint Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates when he was a teenager and taken to Ireland as a slave. As soon as Saint Patrick arrived in Ireland, he began spreading his Christian beliefs to the Irish.
If you’ve seen pictures of Saint Patrick, you will notice that there are often snakes with him. Why?
According to legend, Saint Patrick chased the snakes in Ireland into the sea, and this is why there are currently no snakes in Ireland today.
Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th is a day for huge celebrations worldwide. Did you know that it is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival? So, how does the world celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?
The most famous way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day is with a parade. People dress up in green and dance down the streets to music. Some parades can be gigantic – New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade is the biggest in the world with about 150,000 participants and spectators! Dublin’s parade is the second largest for this special day.
Green is the colour for Saint Patrick’s, so it plays a big part in celebrations. How?
Many people wear green or dye their hair green for the day. In Rome, the Italians project a green light onto the Colosseum, and in Rio de Janeiro, the Christ The Redeemer statue is lit up in green too. The French like to light up the Sacré Coeur in Paris in a green hue, and the English make sure that the London Eye is green on March 17th. Many bars serve green beer for Saint Patrick Day parties – what a blast!
So, what will you be doing for Saint Patrick’s Day this year? If you live in a town where there is a parade, go and watch it. Or even better, take part in it. Wear a funny green hat or dress up as a leprechaun. But whatever you do, make sure to enjoy it!
as a matter of fact = en fait
sketchy = incomplet
Welsh = gallois
a belief = une croyance
to notice = remarquer
according to = selon
currently = actuellement
huge = énorme
to dye = teindre
a hue = une nuance
What a blast! = Quel pied !
a leprechaun = un lutin irlandais