What color has been worn on St. Patrick's Day for more than 200 years?
Green is the traditional color of St. Patrick's Day. The Irish flag is green, white, and orange because green represents Catholics and Irish republicanism. The orange is for Protestants (for William of Orange and Britain), and white represents peace between the two.
What is the punishment for not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day?
Being given a green nose to wear.
Getting pinched for not wearing green has long been a custom, but its origins are uncertain. Some say you pinch them to steal their luck while others say you pinch them because leprechauns can see them when they don't wear green and will pinch them, too (alternately leprechauns will pinch them because green is their favorite color).
Paying out a nickel.
Standing in the corner with a beer bottle on your head.
In Ireland, which annual animal show is done on St. Patrick's Day?
The All-Ireland Beef Bullock Championship.
The All-Ireland Male and Female Bantam Chicken Championship.
The Irish Kennel Club.
In 1922, the Irish Kennel Club was founded by dog owners who felt different breeds should be included than those offered by the English Kennel Club. It is a tradition to hold the show on St. Patrick's Day.
What animal was St. Patrick rumored to have driven out of Ireland?
Saint Patrick was rumored to drive all the snakes out of Ireland. Because no snakes live in Ireland today, it lends credence to the tale. Researchers believe there never were snakes in Ireland because of its cold climate and the colder waters surrounding it, but Great Britain does have native snakes and is similarly situated.
Which of the following is not an instrument used by the Irish for centuries?
The Didgeridoo is a traditional instrument of the Australian Aborigine. All the other instruments could be used by any traditional Celtic band, such as the Chieftains or the Clancy Brothers, on St. Patrick's Day.
In addition to Ireland, of what other country is St. Patrick the patron saint?
The United States.
Ireland sent missionaries to Nigeria in the early 1800s and has maintained close ties with the country ever since. The Irish embassy in Nigeria was the first embassy the Irish government opened anywhere on the African continent.
What restaurant offers Shamrock Shakes in honor of the holiday?
Steak and Shake.
McDonald's Shamrock Shake was first launched in 1970 and is available throughout March. In 1974, the shakes were responsible for the founding of the Ronald McDonald House charities when a football player had a daughter with leukemia and the Eagles' general manager contacted McDonald's. McDonald's used the proceeds from a week's worth of shake sales to create a comfortable place for families to stay when their children were in the hospital.
What was the name of the first church St. Patrick established?
St. Patrick was housed in a barn by the local chieftain, Dichu. That became the place where he was able to establish his first church. "Saul" is the anglicized form of Sabhall, which is the Irish word for "barn."
Before dye, what was traditionally added to alcoholic drinks on St. Patrick's Day?
Prior to dying food green, celebrants would add shamrocks to their drinks to show their love of all things green. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other holiday dedicated to one nation.
Most of what we know about St. Patrick's life was recorded in what autobiographical work?
The Diary of Patricius.
Apology to the Irish People.
The Confession of St. Patrick.
The Catholic Church preserved two works written by St. Patrick that were translated into English: The Confession of St. Patrick (Confessio) and The Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus (Epistola). There are other writings of St. Patrick that were written in Irish and later translated into Latin. There are also many writings attributed to St. Patrick but were written after he died.
The four-leaf clover is considered lucky, but it is the three-leaf shamrock and not the four-leaf variant that truly represents St. Patrick and his holiday. Still, the four-leaf variant can be seen as part of St. Patrick's Day décor even though it is a global good luck symbol that doesn't have much to do with the saint.
The first descriptions of leprechauns had them wearing what color?
Early leprechauns appeared in literature clothed in red. They were cranky, fairy cobblers, who sometimes granted three wishes to those who managed to catch them, but more frequently tricked those who encountered them.
What unusual thing was reported to have happened to St. Patrick's walking stick?
He broke it in two, but it was mended the next day.
It turned into a snake and chased the other snakes out of Ireland.
It sprouted roots and grew into a tree.
St. Patrick's walking stick supposedly took root and became an ash tree because it took so long for him to evangelize Aspatria. Traditional Irish walking sticks are called Shillelagh and have a weighted knob on the top so they can double as a weapon.
He would break a bit off to start a fire each night, but it never got shorter.