Symbolism and history of the shamrock

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Статья знакомит с историeй становления трилистника символом Ирландии. Материал статьи может быть использован для проведения уроков английского языка в среднем и старшем звене, а также для проведения уроков страноведения. Язык статьи – английский.

The shamrock is a type of clover with three leaves. The most well-known meanings were imparted to the shamrock by St. Patrick, who compared the plant’s tri-part leaves to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Host Spirit. Occasionally shamrocks are found with four leaves. These are rare and considered to be very lucky for the finder.
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The name shamrock is derived from Irish seamróg (traditionally spelled seamróg, which means "summer plant"), which is the diminutive version of the Irish word for clover.


Shamrocks have been symbolic of many things over the years. According to legend, the shamrock was a sacred plant to the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad, and three was a mystical number in the Celtic religion, as in many others. St. Patrick used the shamrock in the 5th century to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity as he introduced Christianity to Ireland. The shamrock became symbolic in other ways as time went on. In the 19th century it became a symbol of rebellion, and anyone wearing it risked death by hanging. It was this period that spawned the phrase "the wearin' o' the green". Today, the shamrock is the most recognized symbol of the Irish, especially on St. Patrick's Day, when all over the world, everyone is Irish for a day!

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Наталья Григорьева 19:30, 20 апреля 2012 (EEST)

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