Answer St. Patrick's Day quiz today!
Congratulations to all Irishmen, people of Irish descent and fans of merrymaking and color green in general! Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a brand new massive quiz filled with fun facts connected to the history of Ireland in general, St. Patrick’s day in particular, Irish lore, and, of course, pots of shiny wisdom gold! But before you start answering the questions of our St. Patrick’s Day Quiz we advise that you read this short collection of related trivia – it would make earning WisePoints so much easier!
- Did you know that originally St. Patrick’s Day color was a light shade of blue? It turned to green due to the link to the Irish independence movement which appeared by the end of the 18th century.
- Despite the strong association with Ireland, St. Patrick wasn’t of Irish ancestry. He was born to Roman parents in Wales somewhere around the end of the fourth century AD.
- St. Patrick’s Day is a very important date for the Irish. It’s a national holiday both in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
- New Yorkers also treat the day with due respect and honor the saint by holding one of the greatest St. Patrick’s Day parades since 1762 – about 250,000 marchers follow the route down the Fifth Avenue on foot. They also do their best to preserve the traditions of celebrating – no modern devices like cars, floats or other trappings are allowed at the parade.
- Chicago is another well-known St. Patrick’s Day celebration place – they color the Chicago River green to honor the saint. To achieve the desired festive shade, they dump about 40 tons of dye into the river’s waters!
- Up to 1970 Ireland treated St. Patrick’s Day as a strictly religious holiday; all the pubs had to be closed on the date. The only place where Irishmen could celebrate the holiday with a pint of beer was the big national dog show.
- The shamrock became associated with St. Patrick’s Day due to an Irish Legend, which says that Saint Patrick used the plant’s three-leafed shape to visualize the association with the Holy Trinity for a better understanding while introducing Christianity to Ireland.
- Everyone knows that banishing snakes from Ireland is listed among St. Patrick’s achievements in Irish lore. However, the fossil record shows that snakes have never inhabited Ireland: the Ice Age made the place too cold for any reptiles to survive. Surrounding seas have warded the creepy crawlies off ever since.
- Corned beef with cabbage is a staple Irish dish that is known by many as the traditional St. Patrick’s Day treat. Despite the name, the recipe does not include any grain corn – the word grain denotes the large grains of sea salt used as the seasoning for the meat.
- Patrick was not the saint’s real name. He was originally called Maewyn Succat; the change of the name was inspired by his ordination.
- Despite its being the well-known and easily remembered symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, the shamrock is not the official symbol of Ireland. The harp that has appeared on the Irish gravestones and manuscripts since the medieval period became the national symbol in 1921 after Ireland claimed its independence.
Play our Saint Patrick’s Day quiz and Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! (which means St. Patrick's Day blessing upon you!) You can also try this interesting Irish Geography trivia quiz to keep up the spirit of the Green Isle or try other free quizzes devoted to various Holidays! Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat! (which is the Irish for Good luck to you!)
P.S. The date neatly coincides with the birthday of Zadavaka's team member Eugene's son! Let this day and his every other day be filled with the warmth of sunshine and the happiness of acquiring knowledge! Happy Birthday, little sailor boy!