Off the Topic: St. Patrick’s Day Trivia

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, everyone is beginning to prepare for this celebration of Irish heritage.  But, are you aware of the actual history of this event?  Who is the real St. Patrick?  How and where did St. Patrick’s Day begin?  What role does Ireland play in all of this?  Does the whole world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  These are all questions that are answered in this fun St. Patrick’s Day trivia blog post.  See how many you can get right before viewing the answers below!

True or False:
1) St. Patrick was Irish.
2) The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Ireland.
3) In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows, not a religious celebration.

Multiple choice:
4) Which city is most famous for dyeing their river(s) green during St. Patrick’s Day?
a. New York
b. Dublin, Ireland
c. Birmingham, England
d. Chicago

5) What is the most consumed beer on St. Patrick’s Day?
a. Harp
b. Jameson
c. Guinness
d. Killians

6) The largest St. Patrick’s Day parades are held in…
a. New York City…Dublin, Ireland…Birmingham, England
b. Dublin, Ireland…Birmingham, England…Moscow, Russia
c. Birmingham, England…New York City…Beijing China

 

ANSWERS

True or False:
1) St. Patrick was Irish.  FALSE
The real St. Patrick was actually not Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse and a country villa. Although he was not born Irish, he has become an important part of the Irish heritage, mostly through his service across Ireland in the 5th century. Patrick’s mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. During his career, he traveled all over Ireland. He established monasteries across the country and also set up schools and churches that helped him to convert the Irish country to Christianity. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

2) The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Ireland.  FALSE
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade actually took place in New York City on March 17, 1762 and was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British Army. This parade is actually the world’s oldest civilian parade and largest in the United States.

3) In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows, not a religious celebration.    TRUE

St. Patrick’s Day was originally created as a feast day by the Catholic Church, honoring the life of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, who died in the 5th century.. Thus, the holiday was first established as a religious celebration, a time of spiritual renewal. However, in 1995, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick’s Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland ‘s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows.


Multiple choice:

4) Which city is most famous for dyeing their river(s) green during St. Patrick’s Day?  D
a) New York
b) Dublin, Ireland
c) Birmingham, England
d) Chicago

Chicago is famous for a somewhat peculiar annual event: dyeing the Chicago River green. The tradition started in 1962, when city pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday. That year, they released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river—enough to keep it green for a week!

5) What is the most consumed beer on St. Patrick’s Day? C
a) Harp
b) Jameson
c) Guinness
d) Killians

On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the famous Irish stout brand, are consumed around the world. But on St. Patrick’s Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints, said Beth Davies Ryan, global corporate-relations director of Guinness. “Historically speaking, a lot of Irish immigrants came to the United States and brought with them lots of customs and traditions, one of them being Guinness,” she said.

6) The largest St. Patrick’s Day parades are held in…   A

a) New York City…Dublin, Ireland…Birmingham, England
b) Dublin, Ireland…Birmingham, England…Moscow, Russia
c) Birmingham, England…New York City…Beijing China

Today, the three largest St. Patrick’s Day parades are held in Dublin, Ireland; New York City; and Birmingham, England. Other large parades also are held in most major cities throughout the United States as well as London, Paris, Moscow and Beijing.

 

If you’re reading this, you probably celebrate/view St. Patrick’s Day quite simply as a celebration of Irish heritage, filled with everything green.  But, part of the goal of this article was to show that there is a little more to the story.  If there’s anything St. Patrick’s Day teaches us, its that for all of our holidays, it’s worth taking a minute to dig a little deeper into the history and background to fully understand and appreciate why they are worth celebrating.  Hopefully, you all enjoyed a little St. Patrick’s Day trivia.  To everyone reading this, have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day from Sherpa Software!

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