St Patrick• Saint Patrick, the patron saintof Ireland was born in the year385 and died on March 17tharound the year 460.• Saint Patrick had anadventurous life. He wascaptured by pirates when hewas 16 who took him to Irelandand sold him as a slave.• He escaped to France andbecame a monk.
St Patrick• Many people believe that hebrought Christianity to Ireland.He taught many of the Irishhow to read and write.• According to legend, St. Patrickdrove all of the snakes out ofIreland and into the sea.
St. Patrick’s Day• St. Patrick’s day is celebratedon March 17th every year, theday that he died.• Although it began in Ireland, itis celebrated in many countriesaround the world.• Many people wear green onthis day because it is thenational colour of Ireland.
The Symbols• There are many symbols ofSaint Patrick’s day.• These include:• Shamrocks• The Celtic Cross• Leprechauns• Guinness
Saint Patrick Parades.• The first Saint Patricks Festival washeld on 17 March 1996 in Dublin.• By 2006, the festival was five dayslong. More than 675,000 peopleattended the 2009 parade.• Festivities include concerts,outdoor theatre performances, andfireworks.
Parades in the U.K.• The biggest parade is inManchester where there are morethan 70 floats, bands, andmarching groups.• In London, there is a week longcelebration of Irish culture.• The parade in Birminghamregularly attracts more than100,000 people.
Typical food.• A typical meal on this day is corned beef and cabbage.• Beef in stout with herb dumplings.• Dublin Coddle.
• Another tradition is to eat potatopancakes.• On this day, many Irish pubs putgreen colouring into their beer.• People also drink Irish coffee, whichis made of sugar, coffee, cream andwhiskey.
“Beannachta file padraigoraibh”=“St patrick’S day bleSSing uponyou.”