St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated _____ March 17.
_____ St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church _____ the morning and celebrate _____ the afternoon.
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born _____ Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age _____ 16. He later escaped, but returned _____ Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained _____ the Irish culture.
Today, approximately 1 million people annually take part _____ Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a celebration featuring parades and concerts. Children in Ireland have a tradition of pinching their friends _____ don’t wear green _____ this day!
Bacon and cabbage is what most people have _____ this day. Irish pub owners go crazy, putting green food colouring into their beers and traditional Irish Guinness Stout is a sell-out _____ all Irish pubs!
Shamrocks and leprechauns are associated _____ St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks are three-leaved clovers found growing in patches on grass. You are thought to _____ lucky if you find a four-leaved clover, so do keep _____ if you ever come across one! Leprechauns are little Irish fairies, and they are thought to work as shoe-makers for other fairies. The Irish say that if a leprechaun _____ caught by a human, he will reveal where he hides his pot _____ gold. On this day, pictures of shamrocks and leprechauns are hung everywhere. Some people even dress up _____ leprechauns!