sexta-feira, 6 de março de 2009

Saint Patrick´s day

Ok Guys, on March 16th, the world or Europe and North America being more specifically, celebrate St Patrick´s day. It already happens around here, after Halloween, Valentine´s day, it is one more date, globalization gives to people like me who loves celebrating. More celebrations, more excuses for meeting people and having fun.

As an English teacher, I used to wear on this date an ALL GREEN outfit (like a leprechaun), the only thing I still don´t have is the hat...I real need a green leprechaun hat...and I keep celebrating it.

First because I love traditions and Ireland is a beatiful and interesting country...second because I love international dates and see the people celebrating, third because I am a party-girl, so as Ze Leonardo already stated...she has the habit of celebrating "everything"...that´s right!

but, the point is that this post is to let you know about one more international date and while reading the post and giving your opinion (even in English or Portuguese), you are improving the English usage you have...

Go into this website and learn about it. There are phrases in Portuguese and in English and understand why this celebration happens.

A brief story you can see fully here: where I picked up this text:

"St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.
On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage."

My point of view and tips for you:

This day is one of the most famous date in Ireland (The U2 band land) and people use to wear green, drink green beer and wear a leprechaun hat. But why Ireland celebrates this day? It says St. Patrick made all the snakes run over the country and it maybe is a metaphor to express the Christianism won protestantism (the snakes). They are a catholic country, then. So immigrants in all over the world celebrate this date and Irish culture. It is more than a catholic celebration, but culture. They have music festivals, theater, green beer, people wear green stuff...
To inspire:

See the blog Bem Legaus and see a great idea of getting in the mood, using a special running shoe by Nike.

Watch the film P.S. I love you and see the Irish guys style, song and landscapes. (If you watch films, you get culture, behaviour, effect phrases, slangs...I give you a big 10 if you put no subtitles or subtitles in English, at least once, then later you put them in Portuguese, do you accept the challenge)? Movies are a good way of improving English, believe me!

Check up the list of Pubs UOL prepared in different cities in Brazil and celebrate with special drinks and a lot of fun (it is a good excuse for partying in a Monday night!). Or create a party with your love wearing a green lingerie and serve green drinks (be creative to break the routine) or invite some friends over with leprechauns, Irish drink, Irish songs...
So, the challenge, write here in the comment what is the plant that is used as a symbol of St. Patricks day.
I will make a raffle on St. Patrick´s day and mail you an U2 cd.
Results on March 16th.
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2 comentários:

Michelle disse...

Hi Kisa! This post is very interesting. I've been listenning something about St Patrick's day, but I did'n know how is the real celebration in Ireland.
This blog is culture! hahaha
see you!
(sorry for my terrible english!)

angela disse...

ué, where´s my comment? buááá...

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