The shamrockAccording to legend, Saint Patrick used a shamrock toexplain about God. The shamrock,which looks like clover, has three leaves.Saint Patrick told the people that theshamrock was like the idea of theTrinity – that in the one God there are three divinebeings: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Theshamrock was sacred to the Druids, so Saint Patrick’suse of it in explaining the trinity was very wise.
LeprechaunsThe stories about Leprechauns tell how they arevery clever little creatures. They look like a small,old man.According to the stories,leprechauns are unfriendlyand unsociable.They live alone, and passthe time making shoesfor the fairies.
They also have a hidden pot of gold.If you catch one,you can threaten to hurt himif he doesnt tell youwhere the treasure is.But, you must keep your eyes on him every second. If the leprechaun tricks you into looking away, hewill disappear. Then you have no hope of finding the treasure.
Green colourGreen is associated with SaintPatricks Day because it is thecolour of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock.
Where do people celebrate it?Although it began in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Dayis celebrated in countries around the world.People with Irish heritageremind themselves ofthe beautiful greencountryside of Irelandby wearing greenand taking partin the festivities.
Ireland (Dublin) Saint Patrick’s Day is usually celebratedwith a parade. The one in Dublin, Irelandis known to some as the Irish Mardi Gras. There is irish music and typical dances.
USAIn Chicago every yearon St Patrick’s day the river is coloured green. There is an important parade too
But the one in New York City isactually one of the biggest. Two Irishwolfhounds, the mascots of the New YorkNational Guard always start theparade. More than one hundred bandsand a hundred thousand marchers followthe wolfhounds in the parade.
This parade in Japan started in 1992 for the purposeof introducing Ireland to Japanese
Did you know all these things about this festival?Now you can answer these questions about it: When is St Patrick’s day? What are the symbols of this festival? What countries do they celebrate it in?