St. Patrick’s Day Quiz

Enjoy this St. Patrick's Day quiz! Have fun reading up on some history of the day that we all get to be a little bit Irish.
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St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration that is held in March. It is originally a day that remembers St. Patrick. He was a patron saint in Ireland during the fifth century. People love to celebrate St. Patrick’s wether they are of Irish decent or not.

Have fun taking this St. Patrick’s Day quiz! We hope that we can stump you on some of the questions. Enjoy reading up on some history of the day that we all get to be a little bit Irish. Erin go Bragh!

1. What day is St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated on?

What day is St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated on?
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17.

2. What is St. Patrick’s Day?

What is St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day is actually the celebration or Feast Day of Saint Patrick. It is a religious celebration held on March 17th.

3. Where was Saint Patrick born in?

Where was Saint Patrick born in?
St. Patrick was born in England. At 16 years old he was kidnapped and sent into slavery in Ireland.

4. How long was St. Patrick a slave in Ireland?

How long was St. Patrick a slave in Ireland?
St. Patrick was a slave for 6 years in Ireland. He dreamt of his escape and fled his master.

5. St. Patrick is a Patron Saint of where?

St. Patrick is a Patron Saint of where?
Saint Patrick is a patron saint of Ireland. He is credited in bringing Christianity to Ireland.

6. What color do most people wear on St. Patrick’s Day?

What color do most people wear on St. Patrick’s Day?
Red
You are supposed to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. It is part of the folklore that says it will make you invisible to the leprechauns.

7. Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to prevent you from what?

Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to prevent you from what?
You are supposed to wear green to keep from getting pinched by people. In the folklore, it says that the leprechauns will pinch you if you don’t wear green.

8. Why are leprechauns associated with St. Patrick’s Day?

Why are leprechauns associated with St. Patrick’s Day?
The legend of Leprechauns are fairies from Ireland. They run around making shoes and causing chaos. They were Americanized and have become a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland.

9. What did St. Patrick use a shamrock for?

What did St. Patrick use a shamrock for?
The “Shamrock” is the name of a three-leafed clover native to Ireland. St. Patrick used the Shamrock to teach people about the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity is that God is one God, but three coeternal and consubstantial persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

10. On St. Patrick’s Day, what city dyes its river green?

On St. Patrick’s Day, what city dyes its river green?
The Chicago river is dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day. This tradition started in 1962. It takes 40 tons of green dye to get it the green color that they want.

11. Why do people drink alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day?

Why do people drink alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day is a feast day in honor or St. Patrick. It is the anniversary of his death. Since it falls during Lent, most Christians fast and have strict restrictions on food and alcohol. Since it is a feast day they are allowed to break their fasting and restrictions on that day.

12. How many pints of Guinness are consumed in the world on St. Patrick’s Day?

How many pints of Guinness are consumed in the world on St. Patrick’s Day?
13,000,000 pints of Guinness is consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day. That is an 800% increase than an average day!

13. How many Americans claim to be Irish?

How many Americans claim to be Irish?
50%
10%
25%
5%
Around 10% of the United States Population have reported on their Census that they are of Irish ancestry.

14. How long is the lease on the building that first invented Guinness?

How long is the lease on the building that first invented Guinness?
Arthur Guinness headed to Dublin where he signed a 9,000 year lease in 1759.

15. What color was St. Patrick’s Day originally associated with?

What color was St. Patrick’s Day originally associated with?
Red
Blue was the original color of St. Patrick’s Day. According to historians,  the specific color was a light shade called St. Patrick’s blue. It can still be seem on ancient Irish flags.

16. What is a popular St. Patrick’s Day meal?

What is a popular St. Patrick’s Day meal?
Corned Beef and cabbage is a popular St. Patrick’s Day meal across the country. In all reality, it is an American innovation. Ham and cabbage were eaten in Ireland, but corned beef is a cheaper substitute.

17. What are the odds of finding a four-leaf clover?

What are the odds of finding a four-leaf clover?
The odds of finding a four-leaf clover is 1 in 10,000. In 2014 though, in Glen Alpine, a person plucked 21 four-leaf clovers from their front yard.

18. How long is the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland?

How long is the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland?
The shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world was only 25 yards. In an Irish village, it is between the village’s two pubs.

19. What do you put in your coffee to make it Irish?

What do you put in your coffee to make it Irish?
Irish Whisky is added to hot coffee, sugar, and topped with cream. It is called, Irish coffee.

21. What did Saint Patrick supposedly drive out of Ireland?

What did Saint Patrick supposedly drive out of Ireland?
The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by Patrick who chased them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast. However, most biologists maintain there were never any snakes in Ireland.

22. “Erin go braugh“ means what?

“Erin go braugh“ means what?
Erin go Bragh, sometimes Erin go Braugh, is the anglicisation of an Irish language phrase, Éirinn go Brách, and is used to express allegiance to Ireland. It is most often translated as “Ireland Forever.”

23. What is at the end of a rainbow?

What is at the end of a rainbow?
If you say that something is at the end of the rainbow, you mean that people want it but it is almost impossible to obtain or achieve. The promise of a cure–the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow–often makes sensible people do irrational things.

24. The United States is home to the famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral in which city?

The United States is home to the famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral in which city?
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a decorated neo-gothic Catholic cathedral in Manhattan, with the primary structure erected between 1858 and 1878.

25. How do Leprechauns earn their gold?

How do Leprechauns earn their gold?
According to legend, they spend all their time making and mending shoes, then stashing all their earnings in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

26. What type of Irish fairy has sometimes been described as a leprechaun on a drinking spree?

What type of Irish fairy has sometimes been described as a leprechaun on a drinking spree?
The clurichaun is a mischievous fairy in Irish folklore known for his great love of drinking and a tendency to haunt wine cellars.

27. When was St. Patrick’s Day made an official Christian feast day?

When was St. Patrick’s Day made an official Christian feast day?
Saint Patrick’s Day was officially recognized in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.

28. Where was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade?

Where was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade?
The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Boston.

29. Hugh Beaver, who was the managing director of the Guinness Brewery is famous for what book?

Hugh Beaver, who was the managing director of the Guinness Brewery is famous for what book?
While drinking with some friends they began arguing over what bird was the fastest in Ireland. When Beaver realized that there was no book to answer the question, he created the Guinness Book of World Records.

30. Why did the Irish head to America in the 19th century?

Why did the Irish head to America in the 19th century?
In 1845, a devastating potato blight caused widespread hunger throughout Ireland. Most of the exiles—nearly a quarter of the Irish nation—came to the shores of the United States.

31. Who was the first American president to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade?

Who was the first American president to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade?
In 1948 President Truman became the first president to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

32. About how many churches and cathedrals are named after St. Patrick in Ireland?

About how many churches and cathedrals are named after St. Patrick in Ireland?
10
100
60
30
60 churches and cathedrals are named in Ireland for St. Patrick. The most famous is in Dublin. It is said to be the place where St. Patrick baptized people converting to Catholicism.

33. How many hours does the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade take?

How many hours does the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade take?
The Parade starts exactly at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time. It ends at approximately 4:30 P.M.

34. Why was St. Patrick’s Day once celebrated in May instead of March?

Why was St. Patrick’s Day once celebrated in May instead of March?
WWI
A rampant case of foot-and-mouth happened in 2001 in Ireland. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin was moved to May.

35. What is the biggest day for alcohol sales?

What is the biggest day for alcohol sales?
One would think it’s St. Patrick’s Day , but it is New Year’s Eve. Americans spend 159% more on alcohol than on an average day.  Christmas Eve came in a close second.

36. How much money do people spend on St. Patrick’s Day?

How much money do people spend on St. Patrick’s Day?
This year a record $6.16 billion will be spent on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

37. If you can catch a Leprechaun, what will happen?

If you can catch a Leprechaun, what will happen?

38. What year did the most people in the United States name their son Patrick?

What year did the most people in the United States name their son Patrick?
In 1964, there were 14,693 people in the United States named Patrick. They would be 57 years old.

39. Leprechauns originally wore what color?

Leprechauns originally wore what color?
Red
Red was the color that leprechauns were originally known to wear. In the 20th century, the color of their clothing turned green.

40. What’s a female Leprechaun called?

What’s a female Leprechaun called?
In the history of Irish Fairies, there is no record of female leprechauns.