St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death in the fifth century.
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the saint patron of Ireland and its national apostle. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. According to legend, he used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. On St. Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks, green clothing or green accessories. Irish families traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon, dance, drink and feast on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
This year, St. Patrick’s Day took place on Friday, March 17. During General English Language classes our students learnt a lot about the day and its history and did different exercises dedicated to this popular Irish festival.