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Autor:  Paula LP
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Data:  16/MAR/2009 5:19 PM
Assunto:  Holiday

Could you help me fill in the text?


Here is the link: http://www.history.com/video.do?name=St_Patricks_Day&bcpid=12040009001&bclid=1675979350&bctid=1455377204


And here is the script:


After the death of winter St. Patrick day is a welcome sign of spring. A day for “wear another green” for the Irish and non-Irish alike. It’s a celebration of the Emerald Isle’s patron saint, but now it’s time to separate St. Patrick fact from the blarney.
The history of Saint Patrick’s Day goes back to 5th century Britain, where a sixteen-year-old boy, Maewyn Succat, was kidnapped by Irish marauders. He remained a shepherd slave in Ireland for six years until a vision directed him to escape.
Back home in Britain, Succat had another vision ________ him into help the people of Ireland, so he took his vows as a priest, adopted the Christian name Patrick and in 432 AD returned to Ireland on a mission. In his autobiography “The Confessor” Patrick wrote about converting the Irish to Christianity while building schools and monasteries along Ireland’s north and west coast. One popular myth has Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. The truth is there were never snakes on the island. This is probably a metaphor for Patrick cleansing the island of paganism. Another myth has Patrick using the shamrock to teach the holy trinity. This legend is possible but Patrick never wrote about it. So why does the holiday fall on March 17? Supposedly it’s the day Patrick died in 461 AD. Since then Irish Christians have marked the anniversary as a holly day. Beginning in the Middle Ages Irish Catholics would close shop and attend church to honour the feast of St. Patrick and it was time to celebrate. Saint Patrick’s day falls within Lent, the season before Easter when Catholics give up their vices as penance. The feast of St. Patrick was a one-day reprieve when Irishmen could down a pint or two a _______. This custom really took off. The first St. Patrick’s day in colonial America occurred in Boston in 1937 with the parade organized by the charitable Irish society. New York City followed in 1762. Today New York’s Fifth Avenue parade is America’s most famous, ______ and rowdiest St. Paddy’s day tradition. During the 1840’s when Ireland was starving from the potato famine, millions were forced to leave. The mass migration sent Irish to Canada, Australia and America. As the Irish settled in their new countries they brought along old customs and invented a few more. In the United States, it became customary to wear green on St. Patrick’s day. Toward the end of 19th century, the smell of corned beef wafted from Irish-American neighborhoods. The traditional Irish meal was boiled bacon and potatoes but in the States ...



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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
 Holiday  –  Paula LP  16/MAR/2009, 5:19 PM
Holiday  –  Márcio Farias  16/MAR/2009, 6:43 PM
Holiday  –  Dale/CR  16/MAR/2009, 7:59 PM
Helping oneself to a good holiday  –  Márcio Farias  16/MAR/2009, 8:53 PM
Helping oneself to a good holiday  –  Dale/CR  16/MAR/2009, 10:18 PM
Helping oneself to a good holiday  –  paula LP  16/MAR/2009, 10:30 PM
Helping oneself to a good holiday  –  Márcio Farias  16/MAR/2009, 11:48 PM

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