Saint Patrick’s Day

Dear students,

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!

Questions:

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?

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nikoleta M. ♥
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 08:48:59

    1.It is dedicated to a patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, and to the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
    2.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.
    3.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.
    4.St. Patrick’s Day folklore tells a story about the leprechaun, a short bearded man wearing green and with a pot of gold.
    5.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.

    Reply

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  3. Nikoleta M. ♥
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 18:57:12

    1.It is dedicated to a patron saint of Ireland.🙂
    4. A short bearded man wearing green and with a pot of gold.
    5.According to the legend, the leprechaun’s pot of gold is hidden at the end of a rainbow.
    🙂

    Reply

  4. Marijana
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 20:48:09

    These are my answers!
    1.Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
    2.Saint Patrick is exported from the Irish pot of gold.
    3.National flower of Ireland is the lucky three-leaf Shamrock.
    4.In addition to the Saint Patrick wearing green, it is believed that he was wearing and red.
    5.At the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold.
    Regards!🙂

    Reply

  5. Aleksa Danilovic
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 14:18:01

    Questions:
    1. Whose patron saint is Saint Patrick? The Saint Patrick is a Ireland saint🙂

    2. What did Saint Patrick supposedly drive out of Ireland? Snakes🙂

    3. What is the national flower of Ireland? This is the lucky three-leaf Shamrock

    4. Has the leprechaun always worn green? No

    5. What is at the end of a rainbow? It’s the leprechaun🙂

    Reply

  6. Elena.♥
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 11:28:17

    1). Whose patron saint is Saint Patrick? He is the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick ( 387–461) and to the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

    2). What did Saint Patrick supposedly drive out of Ireland?St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.

    3). What is the national flower of Ireland?The national flower of Ireland is
    the lucky three-leaf Shamrock .😀

    4). Has the leprechaun always worn green?No, because before the 20th century, people thought that the leprechaun wore red, not green. (:

    5). What is at the end of a rainbow? The leprechaun’s pot of gold is hidden at the end of a rainbow. :OO ♥

    Reply

    • Engleski kroz igru
      Mar 18, 2013 @ 18:47:13

      That’s right! To sum up, Saint Patrick is an Irish patron saint (you don’t have to mention the arrival of Christianity unless you want to talk about Saint Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday) who supposedly drove the snakes out of Ireland.
      You can make a wish now and soon you will get the magic gold from the end of a rainbow!😉 ♥

      Reply

  7. Andrea Dragoi
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 15:59:12

    1. It is dedicated to a patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), and to the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
    2.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.
    3. It is the lucky three-leaf Shamrock.
    4. Before the 20th century, people thought that the leprechaun wore red, not green.
    5. A pot of gold. 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.

    Reply

    • Engleski kroz igru
      Mar 18, 2013 @ 18:52:37

      Who says that you cannot come to the end of a rainbow? Be patient and soon you’ll find out what’s hiding there!😉
      Thank you (and Elena, Miroslav, Aleksa) for spending your time reading and writing about this (I hope) unusual and interesting topic. ♥

      Reply

  8. Miroslav Krstic
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 21:03:45

    1.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.
    2.Saint Patrick drove the snakes supposedly from Ireland.
    3.National flower of Ireland is the lucky three-leaf Shamrock.
    4.People wear green because it’s a story by a bearded man who had a pot of gold, wearing green clothes.
    5.At the end of the rainbow there is a pot of treasure, who comes to the end of the rainbow will have 3 wishes!

    Reply

    • Engleski kroz igru
      Mar 18, 2013 @ 18:41:26

      1 – So, Saint Patrick is an Irish patron saint.
      2 – That’s right. He supposedly drove them out of Ireland.
      3 – Correct.
      4 – Take a look at Elena and Andrea’s answers. People used to think that the leprechaun wore RED.
      5 – Your pot of gold is waiting for you, since you’ve tried really hard! Good job, Miroslave!

      Reply

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