St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Questions to Quiz Your Friends & Family

Ready for some St. Patrick’s Day trivia? Well, before we head on to the questions, here are some things you may not know about the patron saint.

A Brief History of St. Patrick

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century. At the young age of 16, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. He managed to escape one day to Gaul (France), where he converted to Christianity. 

After his conversion, St. Patrick decided to return to Ireland in 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. Later, he became a bishop and, by the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. 

He was named the Patron Saint of Ireland, with his feast day annually celebrated on the day of his death.

St. Patrick’s Day in the United States

If St. Patrick’s Day began in Ireland, how then did it get to the USA? Well, a great number of Irish migrated from the United Kingdom to America, beginning from the Great Potato Famine of 1845 to 1849. 

It was immigrants who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish. Activities included elaborate parades and extensive usage of the color green—even rivers are dyed green. 

Corned beef and cabbages are also associated with the holiday; even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day. Some of these practices were eventually adopted by the Irish themselves, but they did so largely for the benefit of tourists.

Nowadays, St. Patrick’s Day is also a time for families to have fun together. There are lots of activities to do, and a St. Patrick’s Day trivia game can be one great fun activity you could partake in. 

In this article, we are going to share some St. Patrick’s Day trivia questions with you to quiz your family and friends!

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Questions

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1. Where was St. Patrick born?

A) Denmark
B) Ireland
C) Roman Britain
D) Norway

2. What was St. Patricks’ real name? 

A) Al-Kindi
B) Elias de Barra
C) Augustus Bhain
D) Maewyn Succat                                                       

3. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in this city in 1762?

A) London
B) New York City
C) Dublin
D) Rome

4. Which legend is attributed to St. Patrick?  

A) He found a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
B) He drove all snakes away from Ireland.
C) He discovered leprechauns.
D) He brought rainbows to Ireland.

5. What was the common religion of the Irish before St. Patrick came to convert them?  

A) Paganism
B) Islam
C) Judaism
D) Atheism

6. According to legend, St. Patrick used the three-leaf clover to explain what?

A) Holy Trinity
B) Government
C) Rain cycle
D) Life cycle

7. Shamrocks are a symbol of what?

A) Faith
B) Luck
C) Friendship
D) Love

8. What is the original color associated with St. Patrick?   

A) Blue
B) Purple
C) Red
D) White

9. What’s something people don’t do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

A) Attend a parade
B) Dye a river green
C) Drink green beer
D) Dye eggs green

10. Why should you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

A) To get gifts from Saint Patrick
B) To blend in with nature
C) To avoid being pinched by leprechauns
D) To find a pot of gold

11. What popular St. Patrick’s Day meal is not an authentic Irish dish?

A) Irish lamb stew
B) Bacon and cabbage
C) Shepherds pie
D) Corned beef and cabbage

12. How many people annually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the United States?

A) 20 million
B) 75 million
C) 90 million
D) 150 million

13. Which restaurant celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with the “Shamrock Shake”?

A) McDonald’s
B) Dairy Queen
C) Starbucks
D) Burger King

14. Which city dyes its main river green to celebrate this holiday?  

A) San Francisco
B) Dallas
C) Chicago
D) New York

15. How many pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick’s Day each year?

A) 1.5 million
B) 4 million
C) 7 million
D) 13 million

16. What are your odds of finding a ‘lucky’ four-leaf-clover?

A) 1 in 100
B) 1 in 10,000
C) 1 in 500
D) 1 in 500,000

Conclusion  

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is much more different from what it used to be at the beginning.  Most families and friends like to spend a lot of time together, sharing fun activities. Asking them St. Patrick’s Day trivia questions is just one of the activities you could do to make the celebration a little more entertaining. 

Every member of the family can participate and share in the fun. You could even play individually or grouped into teams, and someone can read out the questions and be the moderator.

We hope this article gave you excellent St. Patrick’s Day trivia questions to quiz your family and friends.

We wish you a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day!

Answer Key

  1. C) Roman Britain
  2. D) Maewyn Succat
  3. B) New York City
  4. B) He drove all snakes away from Ireland.
  5. A) Paganism
  6. A) Holy Trinity
  7. B) Luck
  8. A) Blue
  9. D) Dye eggs green
  10. C) To avoid being pinched by leprechauns
  11. D) Corned beef and cabbage
  12. D) 150 million
  13. A) McDonald’s
  14. C) Chicago
  15. D) 13 million
  16. B) 1 in 10,000

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