ST. PATRICK’S DAY
seventeenth, is Saint Patrick’s Day.
This day honors the man who brought Christianity to Ireland in the fifth
century. It is observed as a religious holiday in Ireland. It is not an
official holiday in the United States. But. Mny people see it as a time to
About twelve percent of Americans claim Irish ancestry.
The Census Bureau says the state with the highest share is Massachusetts,
at twenty-four percent. Irish immigrants first celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day
in Boston, Massachusetts, about two-hundred-fifty-years ago.
know it is Saint Patrick’s Day in America when you see lots of the traditional
Irish color, green. People wear green clothes. Some put green in their hair or
on their faces.
drinking establishments put green in their beer. The city of Chicago puts green
in its river. An Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage is traditional on Saint
Patrick's Day. And many people attend parties.
Some cities have parades. New York City has the biggest. It
dates to seventeen-sixty-two. It began with soldiers of the New York State
Militia who were from Ireland. Parades
spread as more Irish people came
They settled in big cities. Many became firefighters,
police officers and city leaders. But many Protestant Americans did not welcome
the Catholic Irish. So Saint Patrick's Day parades became more than simply a
show of celebration for these newcomers.
New York each year, thousands of people march along Fifth Avenue.
Hundreds of thousands more gather along this major street to watch. Many of
these Americans are not really Irish. But they like to say that everyone is a
little bit Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day.
ancestry: keturunan irlandia
parties: menghadiri pesta-pesta
menetap, bermukim irefighter:
ghest share: prosentase tertinggi
pendatang baru pread: menyebar