St. Patrick’s Day – A Holiday to Celebrate the Irish

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Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, is a Christian religious holiday that celebrates the patron saint of Ireland. According to the legend, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day has also become, especially in the United States, a day to celebrate Irish culture. In major cities across the country like in New York and Boston, there are parades and festivals. People wear green and decorate with shamrocks, a type of three-leaf clover. Some people wear buttons or tee shirts that say “Kiss me, I’m Irish”. In the U.S. St. Patrick’s Day is not a legal holiday, meaning government offices and schools are open.

3月17日的圣帕特里克节是基督教的宗教节日,庆祝爱尔兰的守护神。根据传说,圣帕特里克把所有蛇都赶出了爱尔兰。圣帕特里克节也已经成为庆祝爱尔兰文化的一天,尤其是在美国。在纽约和波士顿等全国大城市中,有游行和节日。人们穿着绿色,并用三叶草(一种三叶草)装饰。有些人穿着纽扣或T恤衫,上面写着“亲吻我,我是爱尔兰人”。在美国,圣帕特里克节不是法定假日,这意味着政府机关和学校都开放。

The biggest and oldest parade takes place in New York City. It actually began about 250 years ago before the U.S. was even its own country. Every year thousands gather along to watch hundreds of Irish step dancers and bagpipe players march. Irish step dancing is done in groups or solo. Dancers perform complicated moves with their feet and legs while keeping their upper bodies stiff. The parade has also been a source of controversy because the parade is associated with the Catholic Church in New York City; gay and lesbian organizations have not been allowed to march. Many people protest the parade or boycott it.

最大和最古老的游行在纽约举行。实际上,它始于250年前,甚至在美国还不是美国自己的国家之前。每年都有成千上万的人聚集在一起观看数百名爱尔兰的步舞者和风笛演奏者游行。爱尔兰的步舞分为小组表演或独奏表演。舞者用脚和腿执行复杂的动作,同时保持上身僵硬。游行也引起了争议,因为游行与纽约市的天主教会有关。同性恋组织未获准游行。许多人抗议游行或抵制游行。

St. Patrick’s Day has also become associated with the drinking of a lot of alcohol, specifically beer. One drink that is often seen around the holiday is “Green Beer”. This is really just regular beer with green food coloring. Many people feel like the holiday celebrates stereotypes about the Irish, like the myth that they all like to drink and get drunk. Others complain that the holiday has become too focused on drinking, with public drunkenness as a problem in major cities around the holiday.

圣帕特里克节也与大量饮酒特别是啤酒有关。节日期间经常看到的一种饮料是“绿色啤酒”。这实际上只是带有绿色食用色素的普通啤酒。许多人觉得假期庆祝关于爱尔兰的刻板印象,就像他们都喜欢喝酒和喝醉的神话一样。其他人则抱怨说,假期过分集中在饮酒上,公众醉酒是假期前后主要城市的一个问题。

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