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Friday, March 18, 2011


To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, let's have a look at the following videos:

Video 1:

Video 2:

Video 3:

Video 4:

Now, Complete this chart:





If you need any help, here you are the required information.
Put the different pieces of information into their correct places:

"With or Without You"                    "Old Town"      
             "Only Time"               "Nothing compares to you"     
        The Corrs          U2          Enya          Sinead O’Connor
Rock        Celtic / New Age          Pop            Pop/Folk Rock

1.- Did you know any of these songs?
2.- Do you like any of these songs? If so, Which one?
3.- According to your Likes on Music,
put them into the correct order
(LIKES  ------>  DISLIKES:
1st __ / 2nd __ / 3rd __ / 4th __ )

The four of them have something in common...
 What is it?

Yes; they all are IRISH.
And today is their national holiday.

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What's St. Patrick's Day?

St. Patrick's Day is an annual feast day celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. It is the national holiday of Ireland and it is usually celebrated on March 17.

St. Patrick's Day has become a popular holiday in the United States, apart from Ireland.  People wear green and eat corned beef and cabbage.
Most people, whether they are Irish or not, wear green on this day. One of the Irish traditions is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day.
The shamrock and leprechans are also associated with St. Patrick's Day.

The shamrock was worn as a badge on the lapel. Three is Ireland's magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck.
The leprechaun is a small Irish fairy. He is dressed like a shoemaker, with pointed shoes and hat. He also wears a leather apron. Leprechauns are little men who lives alone in the forest, spending all of their time making shoes and guarding their treasure.
Nowadays, St. Patrick's Day has become a holiday all around the world and for one day out of the year anyone can be Irish and join in the celebration. In Spain people also celebrate this day with friends in Irish pubs listening to live music and having a great time.


*How many Irish symbols can you identify on the Calendar (March) above? Name all of them.

1.- TRUE or FALSE?
a) St. Patrick's is the patron saint of Ireland.
b) St. Patrick's is celebrated twice a year.
c) It is celebrated on the fourth month of the year.
d) The shamrock is a symol of bad luck.
e) Nowadays, St. Patrick's Day is only celebrated in Ireland.

2.- COMPLETE THE CHART after reading the text about St. Patrick's Day:




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¿Qué es St. Patrick’s Day? (Resumen)
Es la fiesta nacional de la República de Irlanda y se celebra cada 17 de Marzo. Es una fiesta de origen religioso que se ha extendido por numerosos países. En algunos lugares como Estados Unidos se ha convertido en algo muy popular, especialmente en ciudades como Boston, Chicago o Nueva York, donde gran parte de sus habitantes provienen de Irlanda.
El símbolo de St. Patrick’s day es el trébol de tres hojas, ya que el número de la suerte en Irlanda es el 3. Es tradicional comer cordero y repollo el día de la fiesta. Y llevar alguna prenda de vestir de color verde, como señal de buena suerte.
El Leprechaun es el personaje estrella de la fiesta. Se trata de un duendecillo con barba pelirroja que viste de verde y lleva un sombrero original.
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Felicidades a todos los que se llamen ...
Patricia, Patricio, Patrick, Pádraig (irlandés), Pádraic (irlandés), Paddy, Patty o Pat.
¿Sabías que todos ellos proceden del latín "Patricius"  
y que su significado original es el de "persona noble"?

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