Select Page

Did you know that an Irish-American astronaut actually played Irish music on an antique flute in the International Space Station on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011? (You can listen to the track here!) Or that the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes St. Patrick’s Day as a public holiday, giving government employees the day off from work? Continue reading to learn some interesting St. Patrick’s Day trivia to amaze your friends next March 17! At the end, try my St. Patrick’s Day quiz to see how much trivia you remember!

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-Next-Step-English

 

Related: 14 Facts about St. Valentine’s Day (+ Infographic!)

 

If you really want to get into the St. Patrick’s Day mood, listen to The Clancy Brothers in the background while you read! Here’s one of my favorite Irish songs, to get you started!

 

 

Related: 5 romantic jazz songs for your Valentine’s Day playlist (or any other romantic day) ❤️

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 1: Which animal did St. Patrick banish from Ireland, according to legend?

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-1-no-snakes-in-Ireland-Next-Step-English

 

According to legend, St. Patrick is responsible for there being no snakes in Ireland!

 

 

It’s true that there are no snakes in Ireland, but not because of St. Patrick. In fact, there were never any snakes in Ireland as a result of the Ice Age.

 

What does BANISH mean?

banish someone (from somewhere) = to order someone to leave a place, especially a country, as a punishment. We also use this figuratively to refer to making someone go away and never come back.

 

Related: 12 animal similes for English vocabulary that sparkles

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 2: In Ireland, what color is traditionally associated with St. Patrick?

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-2-Saint-Patrick's-blue-Next-Step-English

 

Are you thinking green? Think again!

 

Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day for a handful of other reasons, but none of them has to do with St. Patrick. (Check out this Reader’s Digest article if you’re curious about why we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.)

 

The color traditionally associated with St. Patrick is…blue! Sky blue, as it turns out, and in Ireland, there is a specific shade of sky blue called St. Patrick’s blue.

 

Don’t think you can get away with wearing blue on St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, though! Whether you have Irish ancestry or not, anyone not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day in the United States is likely to get pinched!

 

via GIPHY

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 3: Which city dyes its river green on St. Patrick’s Day?

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-3-Chicago-dyes-river-green-Next-Step-English

 

Every St. Patrick’s Day, the city of Chicago dyes its river green!

 

via GIPHY

 

During their time in power, the Obamas also dyed the water in the fountain in front of the White House green in homage to this Chicago tradition.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 4: How did Irish pubs traditionally observe St. Patrick’s Day, until the 1960s?

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-4-pubs-closed-religious-holiday-Next-Step-English

 

When people think of St. Patrick’s Day, they often think of drinking. In the States, it’s popular to put green food coloring in your beer on St. Patrick’s Day, and people tend to get very, very drunk.

 

via GIPHY

 

However, until the 1960s, pubs in Ireland observed the holiday by actually closing for the day! (St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday, after all!)

 

What is a PUB?

pub = a building where people go to drink and meet their friends. Pubs serve alcoholic and other drinks, and often also food.

 

Related: 12 popular Thanksgiving foods (+ bonus vocab and practice quiz!)

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 5: What is Ireland’s nickname?

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-5-Ireland-nickname-Emerald-Isle-Next-Step-English

 

France is nicknamed The Hexagon, and Iceland is The Land of Fire and Ice. We call Italy The Boot, and Switzerland is The Land of Milk and Honey. So, what is Ireland’s nickname?

 

Ireland’s nickname is The Emerald Isle.

 

And no, this isn’t because they have emerald mines. It’s because of the rich, green color of the Irish countryside. Beautiful, isn’t it?

 

via GIPHY

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 6: In which country was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade?

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-6-first-parade-Next-Step-English

 

You may think that because St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland that the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in Ireland. I certainly assumed that.

 

Nope! The very first St. Patrick’s Day parades were in the United States in the 1700s. NPR tells us that George Washington even gave his Irish soldiers the day off so they could celebrate.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 7: Why is St. Patrick’s Day on March 17?

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-7-why-March-17-Next-Step-English

 

Lots of people assume that St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saint Patrick’s birthday, but like other feast days, March 17 marks the day of Saint Patrick’s death, not his birth.

 

Saint Patrick died on March 17 in the year 461.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 8: What do the colors in Ireland’s flag represent?

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-8-colors-Ireland's-flag-Next-Step-English

 

There are three colors in Ireland’s flag—green, white, and orange—but what do they represent?

 

In simplified terms, the green represents the Catholics in Ireland. Orange represents the Irish Protestants. And white symbolizes unity between the two.

 

via GIPHY

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 9: Where was St. Patrick born?

 

St-Patrick's-Day-Trivia-Quiz-9-where-Saint-Patrick-born-Next-Step-English

 

St. Patrick is universally associated with Ireland, but did you know that he wasn’t born in Ireland?

 

Saint Patrick was born in Scotland, as a matter of fact! He first went to Ireland as a teenager when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery by pirates! He was able to escape and return to Scotland a few years later. It was only as an adult that he returned to Ireland as a missionary, and he spent the last 40 years of his life in The Emerald Isle.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia 10: What was St. Patrick’s real name?

 

St-Patriick's-Trivia-Quiz-10-Saint-Patrick's-real-name-Next-Step-English

 

Last but not least, St. Patrick was not named Patrick when he was born! He took the name Patrick when he became a priest.

 

Although scholars don’t all agree on his birth name, the most popular belief is that he was named Maewyn Succat.

 

Try the St. Patrick’s Day quiz!

 

Thank you for reading this post of St. Patrick’s Day trivia!

 

To help cement the trivia in your mind, try out this quick quiz! Or use the questions to test your friends and see how they do!

 

 

 

Skyrocket Your Vocabulary

 

Are you learning English? Are you a word nerd? Join our email family to learn the vocabulary that native speakers don't expect you to know. Once a week, you will get advanced English lessons not available anywhere else.

 

They're fun. They're different. And, yes, they're completely free!

 

You will also receive occasional marketing emails, but I will never spam you or sell your information, ever, and it's easy to unsubscribe.

Woohoo! Now go check your inbox and click CONFIRM, or you won't be added to our email family. (Don't see the confirmation email? Check your Spam folder.)

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This