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St. Patrick’s Day the Irish Way

Evelina M., PressFriends Foreign Correspondent

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St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is a little different from the American tradition. We don’t hold huge parades, dress up as leprechauns or eat corned beef and cabbage. We do things a little differently.

The week before St. Patrick’s Day, we learn all about Saint Patrick in school, about how he was stolen and sold as a slave and how he chased the snakes out of Ireland, but we get the 17th of March off because it’s a national holiday here.

Not complaining. Usually everybody puts on their green Irish football tops and climbs Slemish mountain. This is supposedly where Saint Patrick spent his days, herding sheep. If you’re really dedicated, you can climb it barefoot just like Saint Patrick did but I’ve never attempted that.

After that there’s a small parade in town. There’s usually a band of bagpipes and a team of Irish dancers. Like every year in the past, it will probably get rained on but that’s okay because everybody will just move indoors to the local pub. They take out their fiddles and accordions and play some traditional Irish music. Anybody who can Irish dance does a little jig or if you have two left feet you can just clap along.

Then we eat roast chicken and potatoes, and the adults drink a lot of beer. That’s how we celebrate in Ireland. What do you do in America?

 

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