четверг, 17 марта 2016 г.

Traditions: Happy St. Patrick's Day!;)

March 17 is the day when the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day. 
St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. This holiday has a lot of interesting traditions.
First of all let's have a little history lesson:
(the video was taken from Fiveminded YouTube channel)
There are a lot of things that are associated with St. Patrick's Day.
Let's find out what is it like to be Irish for a day;) 
Many people wear something green on St Patrick ’s Day 
So don't forget to put on a green shirt like this one:
Legend has it that St. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Christian Holy Trinity.
That's why people wear shamrocks on their clothes.
Another interesting thing about this holiday is legend about leprechauns.
Today's leprechauns, usually rosy-cheeked, boozy little men in green attire, come from Irish folklore.The first recorded mention of a leprechaun goes back to the 8th century, coming from the word luchorpán, meaning "little body" to describe water spirits, according to John and Caitlin Matthews in The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures.Another possible origin is the Irish god Lugh, whose Welch variant is known as one of the "Three Golden Shoemakers."There's also the Irish fairy Cluricaune, "a cunning spirit who haunts cellars, drinks, smokes and plays tricks," the Matthewses write.
I'm a little leprechaun
Dressed in green,
The tiniest man
That you have seen.
If you ever catch me, so it's told,
I'll give you my big pot of gold.
As you can see St. Patrick's Day is a wonderful holiday of joy.
I'd like to finish my post with this lovely Irish blessing:
Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear friends! Wish you to find a full pot of luck!;)Смайлы Праздники

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