It is a religious holiday celebrated on March,17.It's named after Saint Patrick bishop (AD387-461),the patron saint of Ireland.It has become an international celebration of the Irish culture. The traditional symbols of this this date are: -the shamrock -the leprechaun -the green colour -the harp -the Celtic Cross. SAINT PATRICK'S DAY
THE SHAMROCK The Irish national emblem. It was used by Saint Patrick to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity: God is three-in-one: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
THE LEPRECHAUN An Irish fairy who looks like a small, old man about two feet tall. He's often dressed like a shoemaker, with a crooked hat and a leather apron. According to legends, leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly. They live alone and spend their time making shoes. They also have a hidden pot of gold coins.
POT OF GOLD COINS The rainbow is also one of Saint Patrick's emblem. The leprechaun's gold coins are supposed to bring good luck. Supermario Bros' video game “Pot of Gold Coins” is based on the leperchaun's coins .
COLOUR GREEN CHICAGO RIVER IN GREEN. GREEN GUINNESS GREEN IS THE COLOUR OF THE EMERALD ISLAND, IRELAND
THE HARP THE IRISH HARP PLAYED TO EXPRESS IRISH PEOPLE'S FEELINGS. THE HARP HAS BEEN USED IN IRELAND FOR CENTURIES. HARPISTS, WHO WERE OFTEN BLIND, HAD AN HONOURED PLACE IN IRISH SOCIETY. THE HARP APPEARS ON IRISH COINS, THE PRESIDENTIAL FLAG, THE UNIFORMS AND OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS.
THE CELTIC CROSS <ul><li>Saint Patrick added the sun, a powerful Irish symbol,to the Christian Cross to create the Celtic Cross. So the Christian cross became natural to the Irish. </li></ul>