Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17. Although it was originally an Irish holiday, it is now celebrated in many other countries, when Irish communities live. It’s very popular in the United States, Canada and Australia. Large – scale celebrations are also organised even in such remote places as Japan, Singapore and Russia. The holiday commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, a missionary who converted the Irish to Christianity in the 5th century. Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain, but then he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. The legend has it that he banished all the snakes from this country, which is now considered just a metaphor for the triumph of Christianity. He is also said to have used a shamrock, a three – leaf plant, to explain the idea of the Holy Trinity to the Irish people. From that time onwards, the green shamrock has been recognised as a symbol of Ireland and is worn by everyone on that day. Nowadays, approximately 1 million people annually take part in Ireland’s Saint Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a multi – day celebration during which they wear green clothes and take part in  parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions or fireworks shows.

Here are some popular Saint Patrick’s Day Jokes:

1. A: Why do people wear shamrocks on Saint Patrick’s Day?

B: Regular rocks are too heavy.

2. A: Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?

B: Because they’re always a little short.

3. A: Why do frogs like Saint Patrick’s Day?

B: Baceuse they’re always wearing green.

4. A: What do you say to a leprechaun?

B: How’s the weather down there?

News prepared by a student from 1c, Monika Freus

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To see St.Patrick’s Festival Top 10 attractions click on http://www.visitdublin.com/

On this official page you can find some interesting facts and information about Ireland, especially Dublin. It’s perfect when you plan a trip there…

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