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the day St. Patrick died)is the national day of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Saint Patrick's Day (the patron saint of Ireland) is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by many of non-Irish descent. Celebrations are generally themed around all things green and Irish; both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green, eating Irish food, imbibing Irish drink, and attending parades.People wear green in memory of Ireland, the Emerald Isle and wear shamrocks, clover with three leaves. St. Patrick was born in Wales and studied religion to become a priest .He was carried off by pirates and spent six years in slavery before escaping and training as a missionary. Then he went to Ireland to teach the people about God. There are many wonderful stories about St. Patrick, some true and some not true. The most famous legend is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. This did not happen but the Irish will tell you that you cannot find a snake throughout the whole country of Ireland.

The national flower of Northern Ireland is the shamrock (the national emblem of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland)a three-leaved plant similar to clover. An Irish tale tells of how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.

∑ When is Ireland patron saintís day celebrated?

∑ What do people wear on St. Patrickís Day?

∑ What do they do?

∑ Is St. Patrick ís Day celebrated only in Ireland?

∑ Is St. Patrick ís Day only a religious celebration?

∑ Was St. Patrick born in Ireland?

∑ What happened to St. Patrick before he went to Ireland?

∑ Why did he go to Ireland?

∑ Can you tell some of the legends people attribute to this saint?

∑ Whatís the national flower or Ireland?

∑ What do people say St. Patrick used this flower for?


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