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English Vocabulary Lesson – St. Patrick’s Day! February 28th, 2017

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th around the globe. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. To celebrate this holiday, people wear green clothing or accessories. In the US, it is primarily celebrated as a recognition of Irish and Irish American culture; celebrations include many displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades.

Leprechaun: Type of fairy in Irish folklore. They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. Many people dress up as Leprechauns on this day!

English vocabulary St. Patrick's Day

Pot of gold: Pot of gold hidden by Leprechauns at the end of rainbows brings good luck!

Rainbow: There is a folklore that at the end of a rainbow, Leprechauns can be found and they also train by riding rainbows.

Good luck charms: It is said that there are many charms that bring people luck and some of these items are:
Four leaf clover (shamrock)
Rabbit’s foot
Horse shoe

Horse shoe: Hanging two horse shoes when two people get married is said to be good luck.

Shamrock: Young leaf of clover that is a symbol of Ireland. If you happen to find a four leaf shamrock, it is good luck!

Corned beef: Irish Americans eat corned beef instead of the traditional Irish bacon and cabbage on St Patrick’s Day.

Pinch: Don’t forget to wear green or you will get pinched! (grip (something, typically someone’s flesh) tightly and sharply between finger and thumb.)

Green beer: To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, some bars serve green beers.

English vocabulary St. Patrick's Day