St. Patrick's Day is here! Unfortunately, with the Coronavirus rampaging in the world, few will be celebrating in the streets and crowding to drink beer, as this day is famous for. Nevertheless, it's a day of celebration, and with that beer you share with family and friends, how about you also take a little quiz to see if you know the history behind this fun yet also holy day?
What cultural background was St. Patrick?
Why is the shamrock used as a symbol for St. Patrick's Day?
Because of its color, representing the freshness and pureness of Holy Mary
It represented the holy trinity
It was the type of grass that grew outside of the biggest church in Ireland
It was a leaf they smoked before their biggest celebrations
What is St. Patrick credited for?
The snakes were apparently metaphorical, because they were not found in Ireland because of its cold climate. Historians believe they symbolized unbelievers that St. Patrick drove out.
Making potatoes grow in the winter
Discovering the first four leaf clover
Driving all the snakes out of Ireland
Protecting the people of a small village
Why did St. Patrick come to Ireland in the first place?
He was hired as a shepherd on a farm in Ireland
He studied at the University of Dublin
He was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave
He came to look for Christ
Where did the first St. Patrick's Day parade take place?
WHY did the first St. Patrick's Day parade take place?
To celebrate the return of Irish soldiers
To celebrate the end of prohibition
To advertise the opening of Macy's department store
To create an extra day of drinking and celebration for pub owners to generate income
What was the original "color" of St. Patrick's Day?
This light shade of blue can still be seen on ancient Irish flags
What was St. Patrick's original name before he changed it to Patrick?
What was St. Patrick's Day called in the beginning?
The Holy Day Of St. Patrick
St. Patrick's Celebration
What do you do with The Blarney Stone?
The Blarney Stone, located in Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, is supposed to give you "The gift of the Gab" if you kiss it right.
Where was St. Patrick born?
Some say he was born in England, some in Scotland, some Wales...
Around what time was St. Patrick born?
St. Patrick was born around 385 AD
True or False: St. Patrick came from a family of poor goat herders.
Actually, he was born to an aristocratic Christian family.
True or False: St. Patrick was never canonized by a pope
In the first millennium of the church, there was no official canonization process, so certain people were just given the status if they were considered especially holy or as martyrs.
What does the famous St. Patrick's Day slogan "Erin go Bragh" (from Old Irish: "Éirinn go Brách") mean?
Not Feeling the Spirit of St. Patty!
That wasn't very green of you! There's so much to know about the history of this fascinating holiday, and now is the perfect time to do some research and learn more about this ancient day. Read our answers to see what you got wrong and learn a bit more about it.
Not Bad, You Know Your St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick is worth knowing about, and this holiday is a beautiful thing. Good for you for knowing quite a bit about it and solving most of our questions. However, you still made some mistakes, so why not have a look at the mistakes you did make, and become even more knowledgable!
You're Either Irish or Love St. Patty!
You really showed your green colors (or was it blue?) today! You know this holiday DEEPLY and know its history super well. It's awesome to have readers that are this knowledgeable. Good for you and have a happy St. Patrick's Day!