St. Patrick's Day: True or False?
St. Patrick's Day Trivia
People all over the world enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day every March 17th. For many Americans, it’s a day of drinking, dancing, feasting, and general revelry. Many of us attend parades, or parties, or both! We all want to be Irish on this one day of the year.
Chances are you’ve heard lots of myths surrounding St. Patrick, leprechauns, the Irish, and St. Patrick’s special day. Time to separate the truth from the blarney! Ready for a game of twenty questions? See how many of the following questions you can answer correctly:
- Everyone knows that St. Patrick was from Ireland, right?
- St. Patrick used a shamrock, the three-leaf clover, to illustrate the Trinity.
- Patrick was forced to go to Ireland as a slave when he was sixteen years old.
- St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland.
- St. Patrick was the first person to bring Christianity to Ireland.
- Leprechauns are charming, jolly, mischievous elves.
- In addition to making shoes, leprechauns are also blacksmiths.
- Leprechauns stole their treasure from the king.
- All leprechauns are male.
- Corn beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal.
- The Irish have always considered wearing green to be lucky.
- Patrick was officially canonized by the Catholic Church.
- The majority of Irish Americans are not Catholic.
- The St. Patrick’s Day Parade tradition started in Ireland.
- Before his death, Patrick appointed no one to be his successor.
- Patrick actually died on March 17th.
- The world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in New York City.
- The dye used to turn U.S. rivers green on St. Patrick’s Day lasts for months.
- If you order an imperial pint of Guinness, you’ll get 16 fluid ounces.
- “Erin go bragh” means “Ireland forever!”.
True or False Answers
Here are the answers to the true/false questions. If you got most of the answers right, go enjoy a pint o’ Guinness to celebrate! If you got most of the answers wrong, pour yourself a pint to drown your sorrows. Either way, have a happy St. Paddy’s Day, and Erin go bragh!
- Nope! St. Patrick was born in Scotland, even though he’s considered the patron saint of Erin.
- Nowhere is this documented or even hinted at. Of course, it could be true.
- True. He was kidnapped by Irish pirates.
- Nope. There never were any snakes in Ireland for him to drive out! This was most likely a metaphor to represent Patrick driving the pagans out.
- Not true! There were already Christians in Ireland when St. Patrick arrived there.
- No! The leprechauns from Irish mythology are mean and nasty!
- False. Leprechauns are cobblers and bankers.
- False. It was left behind by the Danes.
- True. Irish mythology never mentions female leprechauns.
- False. The original St. Paddy’s Day meal was boiled bacon and potatoes. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S. during the potato famine, they discovered they could buy a poor quality cut of beef for a cheap price. To tenderize it, it had to be brined. It was then boiled with cabbage.
- Not true. In fact, it was believed that those who wore too much green would be kidnapped by leprechauns.
- Actually, Patrick was never canonized. When the Church composed its first list of saints, Patrick’s name was already on the list, though he had never officially been sainted.
- That’s true, believe it or not! The majority identify themselves as protestant.
- False. It began in the U.S.
- True. He failed to appoint anyone to carry on his work.
- True! The date is correct, but the year is debatable.
- False. Within a few hours, the dye disappears.
- False. You’ll get 20 fluid ounces.
- True, when roughly translated.
© 2010 Holle Abee