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St. Patrick's Day

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Dana Carol

on 31 March 2014

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St. Patrick's Day
A leprechaun is an important part of Irish mythology. He is a very short little man who has magical powers. His job is to make dancing shoes for the fairies, and they pay him with lots of gold. He likes to hide his gold in a hole in the ground. If you follow a rainbow to the end, you will find the leprechaun's treasure!
Traditional Irish music uses some very different instruments. This one is called a dulcimer, and it has a very special sound.
Where did St. Patrick's Day come from? Why do we celebrate it?
Let's watch this video to get some answers!
The shamrock refers to the young sprigs of clover or wood sorrel. It is known as a symbol of Ireland. According to legend, St. Patrick used it as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost). The name shamrock is derived from Irish seamróg, which is the diminutive version of the Irish word for clover (seamair) meaning simply "little clover" or "young clover".
With music comes dancing! Traditional Irish dancing is amazing to watch. Shows like Riverdance are known for their rapid leg and foot movements. Bodies and arms are mostly kept still. Let's watch!
The leprechaun has even been used in advertising! Let's watch him in this video!
The Irish fiddle is one of the most important instruments in the traditional repertoire of Irish music. The fiddle itself is identical to the violin, however it is played differently in widely varying regional styles. In Irish fiddling there are few known composers, as many tunes have been taught by ear and passed down from one generation to another. Also, many players adjusted tunes to suit their style and taste, so there can be many variations for a particular tune.
Did you know that the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal is corned beef and cabbage? Originally, it was bacon and cabbage, but Irish immigrants living in New York needed to save money and corned beef was a less expensive alternative to bacon!
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