Raise a toast to the most raucous holiday on the calendar. While St. Paddy's Day has a reputation for drunken debauchery, its origin and namesake aren't so silly. Test your Irish holiday knowledge by enjoying this quiz with a pint of Guinness.
St. Patrick's background was …
When was Patrick alive?
third century C.E.
fifth century C.E.
first century B.C.E.
How did Patrick get to Ireland?
He walked there barefoot.
He was kidnapped.
His dad got a job in Dublin.
Patrick made a daring escape from slavery to what country?
Why did Patrick return to Ireland to convert the natives?
He had a house there.
He had a vision.
He missed the dog he left behind.
What color was associated with St. Patrick?
When did Patrick's color become green?
in the 1950s
in the 18th century Irish Rebellion
sometime during Queen Elizabeth I's reign
Why was green adopted?
The green clover represented Ireland.
The British had blue uniforms and it would've been very confusing in battle.
The general in charge liked the way it made his eyes pop.
Patrick (supposedly) used a shamrock to explain what?
What animal did St. Patrick drive out of Ireland?
Why was banishing snakes from Ireland a fairly easy task?
There was only one breed of snake, and it was almost extinct anyway.
There weren't any snakes there in the first place.
Snakes are easily charmed.
But come on: Driving snakes from the land was a metaphor! For what?
driving the British from Ireland
throwing off the yoke of Roman rule
Americans have long worn green on St. Paddy's Day. Why did the Irish originally find the color a bad outfit choice?
It's the color of fairies.
It really washes out pale skin more.
It doesn't bring out freckles enough.
Ireland has 4 million residents. How many Americans claim Irish heritage?
What important St. Patrick symbol can be hard to find due to inclement growing conditions?
How much Guinness is consumed on St. Patrick's Day?
around 5 million pints (2,365,882 liters)
around 13 million pints
around 19 million pints
What Irish establishments were traditionally closed on St. Patrick's Day?
What does "Erin go bragh" mean?
Ireland is free.
Cheers to Ireland.
What was a traditional Irish St. Patrick's Day meal?
What kind of staff did Patrick carry?
an ash walking stick
a golden scepter
a shepherd's hook
What does the name of the British town Aspatria mean?
the place of St. Patrick's home
the place of St. Patrick's ash tree
the place of St. Patrick's walking stick
When was the first St. Patrick's Day parade held?
Where did the first parade take place?
New York City
What happens when St. Patrick's Day falls during Lent?
It's a freebie day.
You better still adhere to Lenten rules …
You have to drink in secret.
What city dyes its river green to celebrate St. Patrick?
What's in the dye?
no one really knows
How much of the powder dye is dumped into the river?
3 cups (720 milliliters)
10 pounds (4.5 kilograms)
Why is St. Patrick's Day celebrated on March 17?
It's the date of Patrick's death.
It marks the beginning of Lent.
When did Belfast, Northern Ireland, have its first St. Patrick's Day parade?
According to some sources, Patrick's given name was …