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ESL Vocabulary Quiz: HOLIDAYS
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)

Welcome to our new collection of exercises designed to help you practice English while learning about holidays. Some of these holidays are observed in all of the English-speaking world, while others are only celebrated in specific countries/regions. For each blank space, choose the correct response. If both responses are acceptable, choose the one that sounds more natural. Good luck!

1. St. Patrick's day is the (nation/national) holiday of the Irish people. It celebrates Saint Patrick - one of the patron saints of Ireland. It is an official holiday in the Republic of Ireland, and is (widely/great) celebrated in many other English-speaking countries.

2. This day is all about having fun. Many St. Patrick's day parties (corner/center) around everything green and/or Irish.

3. Many cities around the world have St. Patrick's Day (marching/parades). The biggest ones are in New York, Savannah (Georgia), and Dublin.

4. Part of the tradition is that one has to wear at least one green item of (clothing/cloth). In parts of the world, children who do not wear anything green are either pinched, or punched in the arm.

5. One very (reconnaissance/recognizable) symbol of St. Patrick's Day (mainly because it is a symbol of Ireland) is the "shamrock" - a three-leaf clover.

6. (Drinking/Taking) lots of alcohol has, in many places, become synonymous with St. Patrick's Day.

7. In Chicago, the river is actually (dyed/died) green every year for St. Patrick's Day.

8. Historically, Saint Patrick's Day was celebrated only as a religious holiday up (by/until) about 100 years ago, when it became a public holiday.

9. You don't have to be Irish to celebrate this holiday. In fact, it is (customary/custom) for non-Irish people to think of themselves as "Irish for a day" on St. Patrick's Day.

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