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St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

Date: Mar 17 2006


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Though St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday celebrating Saint Patrick (386-493), the patron saint of Ireland, some of the biggest celebrations happen in the U.S.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City is the largest Patty’s Day celebration in the world. All around New York, and all around the country, people get dressed up in green outfits and spend the day partying, singing Irish folk music, and drinking green beer.

Listen to Taylor and I talk about St. Patrick’s Day.


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Dave:  St. Patrick’s Day!

Taylor:  The day we’re supposed to wear green.

Dave:  And drink green beer.

Taylor:  No, thanks.

Dave:  You’re not a beer drinker, are you?

Taylor:  No, I’m not. It’s a pretty unimportant holiday, to me. And, ah, I often just wonder why people need an extra excuse to go to bars that are really crowded and drink.

Dave:  Well, and that’s all it is in the U.S., right, just an excuse to go get drunk.

Taylor:  What are the origins of St. Patrick’s Day?

Dave:  It started in Ireland, obviously.

Taylor:  Right.

Dave:  But they say, now, the celebrations are bigger in the U.S. than anywhere in the world. It’s, um, it’s taken a new meaning for me in the past three years. I was at a bar on St. Patrick’s Day in Boston about three years ago, and I got a phone call, my sister had just given birth.

Taylor:  Wow.

Dave:  So now, I focus less on the beer and drinking, of course, and more on celebrating my niece’s birthday.

Taylor:  Oh, that’s awesome.



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In the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is a wild and crazy time. Everyone is supposed to wear green clothing. If you’re not wearing green, other people are supposed to pinch you.

Some cities, like Chicago, dye their rivers green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.



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Palestinian Territory, Occupied

its good to know at holiday celebrations in U.S, i hate the green color coz here its symbolizes for certain somethings!!!! i like yellow Smile

10:57 AM Mar 09 2009 |


Viet Nam


03:19 AM Mar 26 2007 |



learned something anyways..

04:37 PM Mar 22 2006 |




ha,”green hat”in China is also popular!!!

12:42 PM Mar 19 2006 |



Learn something about St. Patrick’s Day,it’s good although it’s not popular in China.

12:11 AM Mar 19 2006 |




I think most people in China will not like the St.Patrick’s Day,for absolutely we don’t want to wear “green hat” .

03:11 AM Mar 17 2006 |

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