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Saint Patrick´s Day

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SANT PATRICK´S DAY - Introduction
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1. Read the text about St. Patrick.   

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales around 385 AD.  His real name was not Patrick but  Maewyn Succat.  He had wealthy parents and they had a good life in the country.  When he was 16 years old he was captured by pirates who took him to Ireland and sold him to a farmer.


He worked as a shepherd, tending sheep and pigs.  He was very lonely and prayed all the time.  One night, after more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick heard a voice – which he believed to be God’s - telling him to escape.  He walked for more than 200 miles until he reached the coast.  He boarded a ship that took him to France where he became a priest.


He went back to Wales but, several years later, another vision told him that he had to return to Ireland to convert the Druid Irish people to Christianity.


St. Patrick lived and preached in Ireland for many years.  Instead of disregarding  native Irish beliefs, he incorporated traditional customs and rituals into his lessons.  He used the shamrock, a three-leaf clover, to explain the Christian concept of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

According to a legend, St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland.  This is not true.  Ireland never actually had snakes.

Saint Patrick died on March 17 – the day we now celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Lots of cities in Ireland and in the US have St. Patrick's Day parades.  Most people wear green  and one of the fun Irish traditions is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day.

2. Now that you know the story of St. Patrick, enjoy the video! 
3. True or False?
 1. St. Patrick's real name was Maewyn Succat.
 2. St. Patrick was born in Ireland.
 3. As a teenager, he was captured by pirates.
 4. The pirates took St. Patrick to Ireland.
 5.  St. Patrick was forced to work as a weaver.
 6. St. Patrick heard a voice telling him to escape.
 7. He found a group of horse riders and galloped home with them.
 8. St. Patrick went back to Wales and lived there until he died.
 9. He returned to Ireland, where he had lived as a slave.
 10. St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland.
4. Complete the sentences.
 1. St. Patrick's Day is an annual feast day celebrating the patron saint of .
 2. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on .
 3. People wear something  on St. Patrick's Day.
 4. A  is a three-leaf clover.
 5. Several cities celebrate the holiday with a
 6. If you do not wear green on St. Patrick's day someone might  you!
5. Have fun with a Crossword Puzzle.  Use the picture clues.
1.   2.   3.4.  5.   6.  7.  8.    9.                             
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3 4
5 6


3. St. Patrick is the patron saint of ______
8. The ______ has a pot of gold. 
9. You must wear something ______ on St. Patrick's Day.
1.  The ______ is the Irish national emblem.
2. The ______ is a three-leaf clover.
4. There is a pot of gold at the end of the ______.
5.  Leprechauns have a pot of ______.
6. Many cities celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a ______.
7. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on ______ 17.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Anna Pessoa