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Celebrate St. David’s Day 28 February 2015

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Film, Great Britain, Holidays, Lessons, Symbols, UK, Video.
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March 1 is St. David’s Day
Wales celebrates it’s national day

Watch the film made to celebrate St. David’s Day, the National Day of Wales.

On Think English YouTube channel you’ll find credits to the authors for their video clips used and edited in this film. Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day 2014 14 February 2014

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Meet Mr. Avatar and join a short English lesson on Valentine’s Day that took place at High School No. 2 today. To see the prezi – CLICK ON THE PICTURE

St. Patrick’s Day 17 March 2010

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Patron Saint
St. Patrick is one of the most popular saints and every year on March 17 people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all over the world, even though he is Ireland’s patron saint. St Patrick's HatBorn around A.D. 387, he was the missionary who is said to have converted the Irish to Christianity. His real name was Maewyn Succat and he was the son of a rich landowner in Britain.

The Slave
When Maewyn was 16 years old, a group of pirates raided his village. They captured him and then sold as a slave. For six years he had to herd sheep and when he finally escaped, he went to France. He became a priest and adopted the name Patrick.

The Missionary
Patrick decided that his life mission would be to convert Irish pagans to Christianity. When he returned to Ireland, he set up monasteries, schools and churches all over the country and successfully converted lots of people to the new religion. He continued his mission for thirty years and died on March 17, 493 A.D. This date was later chosen as Saint Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick’s Day
At first, St. Patrick’s Day was a Catholic holiday but gradually it has become popular with more and more non-Catholic people. Nowadays, it is celebrated all over the world as the day of Ireland’s culture, when everyone becomes Irish, wears green and goes out to party.

Pick up the St. Patrick’s Day e-card!
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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!
(Happy St Patrick’s Day)

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF IRELAND

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DUBLIN

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM OF IRELAND

TRADITIONAL IRISH BLESSING

Your Turn!

1) St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary Lesson:
Watch the lesson and write 3 sentences of your own with the following expressions:

  • as luck would have it
  • rain on your parade
  • just around the corner

2) Ireland is full of interesting sights and places – choose up to 3 of them and describe shortly in your comment.

3) Do you know any famous Irish people? Search the Internet, find some of them and share their names here along with short notes about them and/or their achievements e.g. in literature, music, film, art, sports, science, politics, history, etc.

4) And don’t forget to send your own St. Patrick’s Day card to your friends all over the world! We recommed to choose and send one of these e-cards, because every time a FREE Care2 eCard is sent, a donation is made to help important organizations!

YOU can also send YOUR OWN e-card
to all THINK ENGLISH users to
think.english[at]op.pl
and we will paste the link here
so that everyone could enjoy
your St. Patrick’s Day card!

Post your comment HERE

St. David’s Day 27 February 2010

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DID YOU KNOW?

Saint David’s Day
Saint David is the patron saint of Wales and each year the Welsh celebrate their national day on 1 March. The date was chosen to commemorate the death of Saint David on that day around 589. daffodil and leekIt has been celebrated as a national day within Wales since the 18th century.

Celebrations
On this day, many Welsh people wear one or both of the national emblems of Wales to celebrate St. David: the daffodil or the leek. Children take part in eisteddfodau (school concerts) during which they recite and sing.

In many towns, on St. David’s Day a parade through the centre of town is held and in pubs or clubs concerts are played. The 2010 St David’s Day celebrations in Cardiff will include concerts, a parade and a food festival.

Traditions
The flag of Saint David (a gold cross on a black field) is often a very important part of the celebrations throughout Wales. The traditional food prepared and consumed on St. David’s Day is cawl. It is a kind of stew consisting of meat and vegetables. It usually includes Welsh lamb and leeks.

Saint David
Saint David (or Dewi Sant) was born towards the end of the fifth century. In the Celtic world he was famous as a teacher and ascetic. There are many traditions and legends associated with him. For example, when he rose to speak at a synod at the village of Llanddewi Brefi, the ground under his feet rose and from that little hill he could be heard by the whole great crowd. Also, it is said that a golden-beaked dove landed on his shoulder which was considered a symbol of his holiness.

The date of Saint David’s death is recorded as March 1st, but the year is uncertain – possibly 588. He became a symbol of the independence of Wales and has been the patron saint of this country since the 12th century. Nowadays, there are over fifty churches dedicated to St. David in south Wales.

Saint David’s Day Anthem
Saint David’s Day also has its own anthem apart from Welsh National Anthem ‘Hen Wlad fy Nhadau’ (Land of my Fathers).

This song has now been sung on five consecutive annual National Saint David’s Day Parades in Cardiff since 2006 and Gwenno Dafydd is the person who came up with the idea and who wrote the words in both English and Welsh. The music was written by Heulwen Thomas.

The song was launched in the National Assembly of Wales (i.e. Welsh Parliament) by the Presiding Officer, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas in the year 2008.

If you also Google Pembrokeshire Banner you will also find some very interesting information about how the words and images of the song: ‘Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi’ (Ring out the bells for Saint David) were used as the basis for this beautiful banner which now is permanently housed in the East Cloister of Saint David’s Cathedral, North Pembrokeshire, very close to where the bones of Saint David himself are kept.

THINK ENGLISH recommends the following websites:

Saint David’s Day Anthem
CENWCH Y CLYCHAU I DEWI
(Ring out the bells for Saint David)

ABOUT SAINT DAVID IN A NUTSHELL

WELSH ANTHEM “LAND OF MY FATHERS”

THE BEAUTY OF WALES

Your Turn!

Answer 6 questions to check what you know about St. David’s Day:
CLICK HERE:
QUIZ ON ST. DAVID’S DAY

There are plenty of beautiful sights and places in Wales, but do you know any famous Welsh people? Search the Internet, find some of them and share their names here along with short notes about them and/or their achievements e.g. in literature, music, film, art, sports, science, politics, history, etc.

Do you know what Wales is famous for? Label the pictures with the appropriate names and then add some information about these symbols:

The River Taff, Dragon, Love Spoons, Coal, Harp, Welsh Feathers, Druids, Plaid, Welsh National Costume, Sheep

1.
2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7.

8. 9. 10.

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Cael Hwyl!
(Have Fun!)

St. Andrew’s Day 28 November 2009

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WHO IS THE PATRON SAINT OF SCOTLAND?

St. Andrew’s Day is the feast day of Saint Andrew. It is celebrated on 30 November.

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day . In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St. Andrew’s Day as an official bank holiday. Although most commonly associated with Scotland, Saint Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, Romania, and Russia.
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In parts of Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Romania, superstitious belief exists that the night before St. Andrew’s Day is specially suitable for magic that reveals a young woman’s future husband or that binds a future husband to her. Many such customs exist, for example the pouring of hot lead into water (in Poland, one usually pours hot wax from a candle through a key hole into cold water), divining the future husband’s profession from the shape of the resulting piece

In Germany, the feast day is celebrated as Andreasnacht (“St. Andrew’s Night”), in Austria with the custom of Andreasgebet (“St. Andrew’s Prayer”), and in Poland as Andrzejki (“Andrews”).

From Wikipedia

One of the most popular Polish traditions performed by young girls during the St. Andrew’s Night is pouring hot melted wax through a key into a bowl of cold water. After the wax has hardened, it is held up to the light and its shadow cast on the wall must be observed to guess the future. Usually the only light comes from a candle, which not only helps to read from the shadow but also to keep a mysterious atmosphere of this evening. While guessing the girl’s future for the upcoming year, it’s best to observe the shape of the shadow from different angles.

Your Turn!

Here’s a special treat THINK ENGLISH has found on the Internet for you:
CLICK on the key
and find out about your future:

CLICK on me and find out about your future!

What shape did YOU get?
What does it say about YOUR future?

Check what others said
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