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Every year, Ireland celebrates Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It used to be primarily a religious holiday, but it is now a national holiday in Ireland. March 17th is known the world over as Saint Patrick’s Day.
In the US, most people who are not Irish do not know much about the Irish holiday. Most people wear green on this day, and those who don’t wear green risk getting pinched!
Many American cities have big parades. Saint Patrick’s Day has a reputation for being a day that Americans party pretty hard.
Listen to Marni and Amanda talk about Saint Patrick’s Day.
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Amanda: What kind of traditions do you associate with Saint Patrick’s Day?
Marni: Being drunk.
Marni: Not myself personally, but, just, it seems like…
Amanda: No, other people.
Marni: Exactly. It seems to me that that’s what, as adults, the holiday is about, is just…
Amanda: I suppose it’s an excuse to get drunk.
Marni: But, um, you know, with kids… I’ve worked with kids and in classrooms, you see it’s all about wearing green.
Marni: And I don’t think adults do that as much.
Amanda: No, it’s not so appropriate. And even with the children in classes, you have… For instance, I taught a class and it was Saint Patrick’s Day and I wore green…
Marni: Mm hm.
Amanda: And there was that fine line of what’s appropriate. They knew that they could, but should they, do the pinch.
Amanda: And some of the children, which was very unfair, were not familiar with the culture or the tradition of wearing green, so those children were all left out.
Marni: And that’s something to consider. That’s a real cultural thing, isn’t it?
Amanda: Absolutely. You’re not necessarily taught about Saint Patrick’s Day as being a significant holiday.
Amanda: Absolutely. Especially the boys.
Marni: Do you think adults do that too?
Amanda: I think they do.
Marni and Amanda agree that Americans tend to drink a lot on Saint Patrick’s Day.
They know that for kids, the holiday is mostly about wearing green and pinching those who don’t. But since Saint Patrick’s Day is not an official holiday in the States, not all kids know about that tradition.
Click here for last year’s English lesson on Saint Patrick’s Day