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St. Patrick's Day Trivia

Get ready for March 17 with our St. Patrick's Day trivia quiz.

By Ratha M.

St. Valentine. . . St. Nicholas. . . and St. Patrick! Lots of saints behind lots of holidays. And on March 17th, the whole world turns a wee bit Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. How Irish are you? To gear up for the wearin' o' the green, try our St. Patrick's Day trivia quiz below.

  1. According to legend, St. Patrick drove what reptiles from Ireland?
  2. What sugary breakfast cereal features a dancing leprechaun who claims it is "magically delicious?"
  3. What are the colors in the Irish flag, and what does each color stand for?
  4. Name a college sports team with the name "Irish" in it.
  5. Where is the biggest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world?
  6. What does "Erin Go Braugh" mean?
  7. What is the name of the Irish Gryffindor student in the Harry Potter series? (Hint: He attends the Yule Ball with Lavender Brown.)
  8. What happens when you "kiss the Blarney Stone?"
  9. Almost 25% of people from what state are descended from Irish immigrants?
  10. What happens to a leprechaun if you look away?

The luck 'o the Irish to ya! Here are the answers.

  1. ANSWER: Snakes.
  2. ANSWER: Lucky Charms.
  3. ANSWER: Green, white, and orange. Green is for the Catholic Nationalist tradition, Orange is for the Protestant tradition, and White is the peace that binds them.
  4. ANSWER: Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
  5. ANSWER: New York City! On March 17, 1762 Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City, playing Irish music. Today, it's grown into the world's largest civilian parade with over 150,000 people.
  6. ANSWER: Ireland Forever.
  7. ANSWER: Seamus Finnigan.
  8. ANSWER: You get the "gift of gab" or are able talk to persuade people to do whatever you want! (Now that's one stone I could put to good use!)
  9. ANSWER: Massachusetts.
  10. ANSWER: He disappears -- taking his pot of gold with him, no doubt.

To all you Irish out there (myself included – I'm a mix of Irish, Polish, and Indian), I hope you have a great St. Paddy's Day. And on St. Patrick's Day. . . .everyone's a little bit Irish anyway! Let me leave you with an Irish quote I heard a lot around my house growing up. "If you lie down with dogs, you'll rise up with fleas." So . . . yeah. Do you have any favorite Irish quotes, or ways you celebrate St. Paddy's Day? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Ratha

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