0317_(Translation Practice) The Origin of Saint Patrick’s Day

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Mar 17, 2018 18:08 translation TC-to-EN
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Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most important Irish traditional Festival, held on 3/17 every year in honor of the death of this guardian of Ireland. Irish descendants hold various activities to celebrate this historic traditional culture on this day,

Information about Saint Patrick’s life are very limited. It is said that he was born in the era when England was ruled by Roman Empire. When he was sixteen, he was kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave and was forced to shepherd in Ireland. He learned the local Celtic language during the his shepherding days in the valleys and slopes of mountains, and he also got to know the ancient local religion Druid. One night, he received the guidance from an angel. Following the angel, he walked 200 miles, found a boat beside the shore and eventually freed himself from the life of a slave.

Managing to land on England, traveling in the wild for 28 days on foot and enduring hunger and defending animals’ attacks, he finally returned to his home and started working on the study of Christianity. Years later, he was entrusted to be into the priesthood, and he decided to head back to the wild land – Ireland, where he had been trapped for six years, and to devote himself to the local missionary work.

Thanks to the help of his knowledge of the local language and religion, Patrick always remained modest and baptized people from all social classes, with his traces all across the whole Ireland. His missionary work wasn’t always smooth. Once almost attacked by the local, reportedly, he thought on his feet and plucked a common shamrock and used the triple leaves on the top of it to explain the idea of the holy trinity of Christianity. Some even say that he performed miracles driving all the evil creatures to the sea. In folk tales, it is his contribution that Ireland has no aboriginal snake species.

At present, people wear green clothes and decorations of shamrock to honor Saint Patrick’s contribution. On the day, bands go out and perform old folk songs on the streets or in a bar in Ireland, as well as in Irish communities around the world.