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St. Patrick’s Day Trivia

A little bit of Q&A trivia quiz here all about St. Patrick’s Day. Some are easy, but you may learn a bit more about St. Paddy than you realized with several of these tidbits.  Also, check out my other St. Patrick’s Day posting: Happy St Paddy’s Day! Not “Patty’s” 

Q: In old Irish superstition, on which day of the week is it considered unlucky to marry?
A: Saturday

Q: According to a popular folk tale, Saint Patrick drove what out of Ireland and into the ocean?
A: Snakes

Q: How did St. Patrick, according to legend, make all the snakes disappear from Ireland?
A: Pounding drums

Q: Why do over 300,000 people kiss the Blarney Stone each year?
A: For the power of eloquent speech.

Q: What must you do to with a four-leaf shamrock to benefit from the good luck it is purported to bring?
A: Carry it with you everywhere.

Q: The long-lived yew tree was regarded as magical by the Celts. They believed it could be used to
A: Produce magical visions; protect against evil; and connect with your dead ancestors.

Q: It is said that if you catch a leprechaun, he will promise great wealth if you let him go. What must you do in order to obtain the “pot o’ gold”?
A: Never take your eyes off the leprechaun.

Q: St. Patrick’s Day is considered the luckiest day of the year to do what?
A: Get married.

Q: St. Patrick used what to illustrate the concept of the Holy Trinity?
A: A seamroy; a trefoil; and a shamrock.

Q: What trade do leprechauns traditionally practice?
A: Cobbler or shoemaker

Q: When St. Patrick first came to Ireland, what was his profession?
A: Slave

Q: In Irish superstition, if a black cat crosses your path on a moonlit night, what does it portend?
A: Death in an epidemic.

Q: In what year did the U.S. hold its first celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as a Catholic holiday?
A: 1737

Q: True or False: The first official New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1762?
A: True

Q: The city of Chicago dyes its river green to celebrate. What year did this tradition begin?
A: 1962

Q: Where was St. Patrick’s Day first celebrated in America?
A: Boston

Now, the story behind the St. Patrick’s Day shamrock….

Many types of clover are considered shamrocks. Test your friends with this four-leaf-clover trivia over a pint of green beer on Saint Patrick’s Day. The four-leaf clover achieved “lucky” status because the ancient Celtic druids viewed it as a sign of good luck. According to legend, during the fifth century, Saint Patrick used the shamrock to teach the Celts about the Holy Trinity. The three leaves attached to a single stem represented the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in one God. If Saint Patrick came across a four-leaf clover, he used the extra leaf to represent “God’s grace.” In 1907 a three-leaf clover became the symbol of rural youth clubs across the United States, with each leaf representing one H―for head, heart, and hands.

Two years later, the emblem was upgraded to four leaves and H’s, the last representing health. By 1924 these clubs had united and became widely known as 4-H, an organization devoted to teaching leadership, citizenship, and life skills to youth in urban, suburban, and rural areas. In 2002, in Hanamaki, Japan, Shigeo Obara discovered a clover with 18 leaves, a Guinness World Record. (Four-and-a-half times the luck?) Even luckier: In 2006, on the Kenai Peninsula, in Alaska, Ed Martin Sr. of Cooper Landing found more than a thousand four-leaf clovers in a single day. One superstition holds that if an unmarried woman finds a four-leaf clover and eats it, she will soon meet her husband. Happy hunting!

A St. Paddy’s Day wish from my dog….

Chicago Tribune: St. Patrick’s Day quiz
Real Simple: St. Patrick’s Day Trivia


  1. When I was a little girl I used to go up the street to a neighbor’s yard and search through a large patch of clover for four-leaf clovers. Always found a few.

    Another surprise to me — Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is the largest west of the Mississippi. It drew 135,000 yesterday.

  2. Dying the Chicago River green came to be when Richard J. Daley was mayor. They put so much dye in that first year, it stayed green for a week. They’ve since learned to adjust it to stay for just the day.

  3. They started dying the Chicago River when Richard J Daley was mayor. They put so much dye in it stayed green for a week. They’ve since learned how to adjust it for just a day.

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