Ready for the St. Patrick’s Day? Please No Green Hats!

March. 17th is the St. Patrick’s Day. Be ready for wearing green and getting drunk? But if you’re in China, make sure you won’t wear a green hat. Because “绿帽子(lǜ màozi)” is not something good in Chinese culture. “绿帽子(lǜ màozi)” literally means “green hat” while it’s also a slang for ” cuckold”.

他老婆给他戴了个绿帽子(tā lǎopó gěi tā dài le gè lǜ màozi)。= His wife is cheating on him.

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That’s why you can seldom see any Chinese men wear green hat. Some words and phrases for the St. Patrick’s Day:

  • 圣帕特里克节(shèngpàtèlǐkè jié): the St. Patrick’s Day
  • 绿衣服(lǜ yīfu): green clothes
  • 喝酒(hē jiǔ): have a drink
  • 游行庆祝(yóuxíng qìngzhù): parade
  • 爱尔兰(ài’ěrlán): Ireland
  • 健力士(jiàn lì shì): Guinness

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