Happy Saint Patrick's Day
Today is Saint Patrick's Day! We usually abbreviate Saint to St., and we often just call it St. Patty's Day.
St. Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland in the fifth century. The funny thing about St. Patrick's Day is that it's heavily celebrated in the United States. Because of the large population of Irish immigrants in the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day changed from a serious religious holiday into a fun celebration of all things Irish. ☘️ 🇮🇪
On St. Patty's Day, many American cities, such as Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, have big parades in the streets. Chicago even dyes their river green! We'd be lying if we told you that there's not a lot of drinking (especially Guinness drinking). 🍻
You may have noticed this funny looking man in our post. He is called a leprechaun, which is a mystical type of mischievous small person. They come from Irish folklore, and are very common on St. Pattie's Day. Sometimes children set up traps to try to "catch" the leprechauns. It is rumored that leprechauns can be enticed by gold and candy...
In fact, leprechauns are fun to describe using the vocabulary and sentence frames from our Describing People blog post! Leprechauns are very short. They have red hair and red beards. Leprechauns wear green clothes and big green hats with a gold buckle on them.
Do you celebrate this holiday in your country? How is it different from how we celebrate? Do you have leprechauns too? Have you ever caught one?? 😎
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