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Brilliance or Blarney: The St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Quiz
by Staff
St. Patrick’s Day can be one of the most fun holidays of the year -- and one of the most misunderstood. Who was St. Patrick? Why are people pinching me? Whose idea was it to dye entire rivers green? Find out these answers and more as you kiss the Blarney Stone and learn (or confirm) the truth about St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 because it’s the day that:

  • St. Patrick was born.
  • St. Patrick died.
  • St. Patrick ran the snakes out of Ireland.

For what purpose was St. Patrick’s Day was originally created?

  • to outrank St. Valentine’s Day for popularity
  • an excuse to drink heavily
  • a day of prayer for spiritual missions

What’s with the shamrock? What does it symbolize?

  • the holy Trinity
  • the luck of the Irish
  • the green fields of Ireland

Where did the first St. Patrick’s Day parade take place?

  • Dublin
  • New York City
  • Chicago

What is the Hibernian Society?

  • Irish people who stay home on St. Patrick’s Day
  • a charitable group that helps Irish Immigrants
  • a group of Irish mobsters

How do people currently celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland?

  • visiting America for a parade
  • attending their own St. Patrick’s Day Festival
  • staying at home for a day of rest

What is the name of the group in Japan that offers assistance to Irish immigrants?

  • Irish Network Japan
  • Erin Go Abroad
  • Islanders Unite

What will kissing the Blarney Stone bring you?

  • good luck
  • eloquence
  • a cold sore

Which of these meals is often eaten in America on St. Patrick’s Day?

  • green curry
  • corned beef and cabbage
  • beer and brats

Why do you get pinched if you aren’t wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day?

  • You’ve been naughty.
  • It’s a fun way to meet people.
  • Leprechauns can see you.

What was the first official color of St. Patrick’s Day?

  • blue
  • green
  • gold

What number more than doubles on St. Patrick’s Day?

  • the number of people jailed in New York City
  • the number of pints of Guinness sold
  • the number of people attending Mass in Boston

Which American St. Patrick’s Day tradition began as an accident?

  • hosting a parade
  • finding a pot of gold
  • dyeing rivers green

Name the famous President of the United States with an Irish family background who forgot St. Patrick’s Day.

  • John F. Kennedy
  • Harry S. Truman
  • James Buchanan

Where was St. Patrick born?

  • Britain
  • Ireland
  • France

Which musical instrument is the most highly treasured in Ireland?

  • bagpipes
  • harp
  • dulcimer

What’s an Irish Car Bomb?

  • a popular alcoholic drink
  • a dangerous reminder of Protestant and Catholic disagreements in Ireland
  • both A and B

Which common St. Patrick’s Day symbol has little to do with the holiday?

  • Celtic crosses
  • leprechauns
  • snakes

Which Irish saying means “excuse me”?

  • Erin go bragh
  • go n-eiri an t-adh leat
  • gabh mo leithsceal

Which city in the Southeastern U.S. is home to the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country?

  • Highlands, N.C.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Savannah, Ga.