St. Patrick’s Day is a time for family, friends, and of course, some good ol’ fashioned corned beef and cabbage!
What better way to enjoy the festive day than by testing your knowledge with some festive St. Patrick’s Day trivia questions?
Here is our complete list of St. Patrick’s Day trivia questions and answers to get your party or celebration started. Read on to discover how many of these St. Patty’s Day trivia facts you already knew, and how many you learned something new from!
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45 St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Questions and Answers
What country is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in most famously?
What is the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day?
Though we’ve come to associate kelly green with the Irish and the holiday, the 5th-century saint’s official color was what color?
Answer: “Saint Patrick’s blue,” a light shade of sky blue.
Who was St. Patrick?
Answer: St. Patrick was a Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to the country.
How is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated?
Answer: St. Patrick’s Day is typically celebrated with parades, feasts, drinking, and the wearing of green clothing or accessories.
When is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated?
Answer: St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th.
What landmark building’s fountain, located on the South Lawn, has spouted green water every year since 2009 for St. Patrick’s Day?
Answer: The White House.
What two traditional foods have become a St. Patrick’s Day staple for Irish Americans?
Answer: Corned beef and cabbage.
What alcoholic beverage is the most widely consumed beverage on St. Patrick’s Day?
Answer: Beer (specifically Guinness!).
What type of beer is Guinness?
Answer: Irish dry stout.
The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in which US city?
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade ever was held in what country of the world?
Answer: The United States. While people in Ireland had celebrated St. Patrick since the 1600s, the tradition of a parade began in America. Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony in what is now St. Augustine, Florida.
What is the official language(s) of Ireland?
Answer: English and Irish (also known as Gaeilge or Irish Gaelic).
This US city has been celebrating St. Patrick by dumping green dye into their river since 1962. Which city is this?
Answer: Chicago, IL.
What green-leafed plant is considered the national flower/emblem of Ireland?
What is the Irish flag called?
Answer: The Irish flag is called the tricolour.
What is the capital city of Ireland?
Answer: The capital city of Ireland is Dublin.
In the US, what happens to you on St Patrick’s day if you don’t wear green?
Answer: You get pinched.
What are the four shapes of the marshmallow bites in the cereal Lucky Charms?
Answer: Green clovers, pink hearts, orange stars and yellow moons.
Although he made his mark by introducing Christianity to Ireland, Patrick wasn’t Irish himself. What was he?
Answer: He was born to Roman parents in the late 4th century. Historians generally believe that St. Patrick was born in Britain (not Ireland).
In Irish lore, St. Patrick gets credit for driving which living creatures out of Ireland?
In Celtic folktales, how were leprechauns described?
Answer: As cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies.
What would you find at the bottom of a rainbow in Ireland?
Answer: A pot of gold.
This 2001 American Disney Channel original movie depicts the story of a teenager that must battle for a gold charm to keep his family from being controlled by an evil leprechaun. What is the movie called?
Answer: The Luck of the Irish (2001).
This family-friendly movie is about an American who travels to Ireland and rents a cottage but finds out that the cottage is inhabited by leprechauns who are involved in a battle with the fairies. The movie features Randy Quaid, Whoopi Goldberg, Roger Daltrey, and Colm Meaney. What is this movie?
Answer: The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999).
True or false: Up until the 1970s, pubs were closed in both Ireland and Northern Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day.
Answer: True. Before the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day was considered a more solemn, strictly religious occasion.
How did the shamrock become associated with St. Patrick?
Answer: Irish legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
Lucky the Leprechaun is the mascot of which NBA team?
Answer: Boston Celtics.
St. Patrick wasn’t always named Patrick. What was St. Patrick’s real name before he changed it?
Answer: His birth name was Maewyn Succat, but he changed it to Patricius after becoming a priest.
Which movie tells the fun story of a man who tries to keep a theme park from being built on land that is home to leprechauns?
Answer: Leapin Leprechauns (1995).
Which two currencies are currently used in Ireland, depending on where you go?
Answer: Euro and Pound Sterling.
“Erin go Bragh” is a term you may here at St. Patrick Day celebrations. What does this phrase mean?
Answer: It’s a chopped-up version of the Irish Éirinn go Brách, which roughly translates to “Ireland Forever.”
Which country does Ireland share a border with?
Answer: United Kingdom.
In which South American country is the largest St Patrick’s day parade held?
Answer: Buenos Aires, Argentina.
During a typical St. Patrick’s Day parade, what can you usually find being thrown off of floats/flying in the air?
What are the three colors of the Irish flag?
Answer: Green, white, orange.
What happened to Saint Patrick at age 16 before becoming a priest?
Answer: He was abducted and brought to Northern Ireland as a slave.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, which marks the anniversary of what?
Answer: The day of Saint Patrick’s death.
Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you will obtain what?
Answer: the gift of the gab (a great skill at flattery).
Which St. Patrick’s Day-related word means “small body”?
Answer: “Leprechaun” is believed to be a variation of the Middle Irish word, lūchorpān—lū means ‘small’ and corp means ‘body’.
How do Leprechauns earn their gold?
Answer: By making and mending shoes.
This mythical creature shares many characteristics with the leprechaun, and are always described as drunk and surly. They are often seen in stories riding animals at night, or clearing out entire wine cellars. What are they?
Answer: The clurichaun.
What does the circle at the very center of a Celtic cross represent?
Answer: The sun.
What is a boxty?
Answer: An Irish potato cake.
In recent years, the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City was cancelled for the first time in 250 years due to what event?
Answer: The COVID-19 pandemic (in 2020).
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