Saint Patrick’s Day is getting nearer! If you give 5 correct answers to the questions below, you can expect a lovely gift on March 17th from our small leprechaun.
But you’ll first have to catch him! 🙂
Read the text below carefully and write your answers in the ‘Comments’. Good luck!
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated internationally on March 17th. It is dedicated to a patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), and to the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
Some theories say that St. Patrick died on March 17th. As the Irish people nowadays live all around the world, the tradition of celebrating this day has widely spread.
There is a legend that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. However, there had probably never been any snakes, since the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age.
You probably know that the national flower of Ireland is
the lucky three-leaf Shamrock. Another legend tells that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans.
St. Patrick’s Day folklore tells a story about the leprechaun, a short bearded man wearing green and with a pot of gold. Before the 20th century, people thought that the leprechaun wore red, not green. According to the legend, the leprechaun’s pot of gold is hidden at the end of a rainbow. Who ever comes to the end of a rainbow will be given three wishes if (s)he releases the leprechaun. People believe that you cannot come to its end, so they try to catch the leprechaun in a trap.
In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is quite of a celebration. The holiday is famous for its dance, music and songs, Irish food and drink, and “wearing of the green“. Even some rivers or streams are dyed green!
1. Whose patron saint is Saint Patrick?
2. What did Saint Patrick supposedly drive out of Ireland?
3. What is the national flower of Ireland?
4. Has the leprechaun always worn green?
5. What is at the end of a rainbow?