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.
Patrick was actually born into Roman Britain.
Patrick was charming snakes (we'll get to that) in the late fourth and into the fifth century.
Patrick was captured by Irish pirates. Exciting stuff!
Patrick studied in Gaul and was ordained a priest while there.
Those pesky visions are always making saints do the hard stuff.
Originally, a sky blue color symbolized Patrick.
Green took over after the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
Ireland used the clover as a national symbol.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all connected by a common stem.
Who needs snakes anyway?
Yeah, there were no snakes in Ireland — like, ever.
Patrick wanted to get rid of the people he thought of as slithering heathen snakes — pagans.
And those fairies steal children who wear green so watch your back.
The U.S. is more Irish than Ireland?
Bad weather and other factors lead to clover being hard to find.
While normally about 5 million pints are drunk, St. Patrick's Day more than doubles consumption to 13 million pints.
That's right, you couldn't get a drink in a bar on March 17, until 1961.
It's used as an expression of nationalism and means "Ireland forever."
Corned beef became the traditional meal of Irish immigrants in the U.S., as brisket was less expensive than the hamlike bacon.
He'd plant the walking stick in the ground while evangelizing.
Patrick supposedly took so long to convert the people of Cumbria that his ash staff grew into a tree.
Beginning in 1762, the St. Patrick's Day parade has some pretty decent historical roots.
That's right, Irish soldiers in the British army marched through New York.
Many Catholics (and clergy) give St. Patrick's Day a dispensation as a feast day — meaning Lenten abstinence doesn't apply.
The Chicago River is vibrant neon green every March 17.
Apparently the formula is top secret, which is totally not suspicious.
The powder is orange but turns green in the water.
Patrick supposedly died on March 17, and people mourn him with copious amounts of Guinness every year.
Because of the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the city didn't have a parade until late in the 20th century.
Some people say his given name was Maewyn. "Patrick" came from the Latin "Patricius."