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Cultural Lesson: St. Patrick's Day

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Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday _1_ every year on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. A patron saint is a saint who is believed to _2_ a particular place or type of person.

St Patrick _3_ Christianity within Ireland during the fifth century and is reputed to have used the shamrock to explain the Christian concept of the father, the son and the holy spirit.

_4_ St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, the day is celebrated all over the world. It has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and _5_. Boston and New York, which have large Irish communities, both hold huge parades. People _6_ green, listen to Irish music and drink Guiness, an Irish beer. Irish pubs around the world are full _7_ St. Patrick's Day as people turn Irish for the day!

Is St. Patrick's Day celebrated in your town? Will you _8_ celebrating?

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