On March 17, Ireland and the Irish diaspora celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the world. Cities with large Irish populations celebrate with parades, parties, and traditional music. In fact, the first St. Patrick’s Day festivities were not held in Ireland at all, but in areas with large immigrant Irish populations, such as New York City, which held the world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1762.Patrick was not the first or the only saint associated with Ireland, but he is the most famous. Patrick was a 4th-century Roman living in Britain when he was kidnapped and forced to work as a slave in Ireland. He eventually escaped and became a Christian leader. Patrick returned to Ireland and helped popularize Christianity there. St. Patrick’s Day marks Patrick’s death, although the holiday is less a religious remembrance than a celebration of Irish identity.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry adapt Verb
to adjust to new surroundings or a new situation.
people and culture focused on the teachings of Jesus and his followers.
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
(delicatessen) store selling freshly prepared or easily prepared foods, such as cooked meat, cheese, or salads.
community of people scattered from their homeland.
to get away.
at some point in the future.
Great Britain Noun
large island in Western Europe consisting of the countries of England, Scotland, and Wales.
how a person defines themselves, or how others define them.
person who moves to a new country or region.
to create, begin, or make an idea known for the first time.
to hold a person hostage, usually for ransom.
national holiday Noun
celebration or commemoration marked by citizens of a nation.
to make something attractive, acceptable, or understandable (popular) to a great number of people.
people of a community.
set of instructions for preparing a specific dish of food.
large stream of flowing fresh water.
Encyclopedic Entry: river Roman Empire Noun
(27 BCE-476 CE) period in the history of ancient Rome when the state was ruled by an emperor.
formal or official stamp, emblem, or other mark.
small plant (a type of clover), usually with three leaves.
very tall building.
person who is owned by another person or group of people.
person who serves in a military.
something used to represent something else.
beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.
identical set of clothes for members of an organization, such as a school or military.