Lá Fhéile Pádraig Law Ale-yeh Pawd-rig Saint Patrick's Day is a religious holiday in Ireland, happening each year on March 17th.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig celebrates the patron saint of Ireland - Patrick, who lived in the beginning of the 5th century AD. Saint Patrick is the most recognized Irish saint and it is no wonder a special day is dedicated to celebrate his legacy in the Irish culture.
St. Patrick's Day is one of a number of annual holidays covered in Lesson: Holidays.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig began as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. Today Lá Fhéile Pádraig represents a week-long (and sometimes longer) celebration of Irish language, music, culture and art.
The main attraction of Saint Patrick's Day are huge parades in the cities around the country (and the world, organized by the Irish diaspora). Children, sports clubs, brass bands and other performers walk down the streets of Irish cities with Irish music blaring through the speakers and the spectators, wearing traditional shamrocks, cheering them on.
But you've probably heard about the parades already or even been to one, so leaving the facts aside, in this lesson you are going to learn some crucial Irish language expressions to get you through the day.
Lá 'le Pádraig Law leh Pawd-rig St. Patrick's Day. This is simply a shorter version of the previous phrase. It drops part of the word "féile", making it quicker to say. To sound closer to how a native speaker would name the festival, we recommend using this version.
or a more recent saying:
Here are several more expression that might help on the day:
Cá mbeidh tú ag fliuchadh na seamróige? Caw meg too egg flyuh-ka nah sham-roh-ih-geh? Where will you be wetting the shamrock? (to wet the shamrock - to go for a drink, especially on St. Patrick's Day!)
Congratulations! You just finished this lesson and are all set for Lá Fhéile Pádraig!
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