What Do You Know about Saint Patrick's Day
It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387-461), the most
commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It
originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast
day. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of
When did it become an official feast
- early 7th century
- early 17th century
- early 19th century
2) What country is it NOT
a public holiday in?
- Republic of Ireland
3) Originally, what was the color associated with
4) Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in
celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as the 7th century.
5) The phrase "the wearing of the green",
meaning to wear a shamrock on one's clothing, derives from a
song of the same name.
6) Saint Patrick's feast day was finally
placed on the universal liturgical calendar in the Catholic
Church due to the influence of Waterford-born Franciscan scholar
in the early 1600s.
Who was the Waterford-born
- Norman Churchill
- Earl Lord
- Luke Wadding
7) When did Saint Patrick's Day become an official
public holiday in Ireland?
8) Irish Society of Boston organized what
was not only the first Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the
colonies but the first recorded Saint Patrick's Day Parade in
the world on March 18, 1737.
When did the first
parade in Ireland occur?
9) New York's first Saint Patrick's Day
Parade was held on March 17, 1762 by Irish soldiers in the
10) In 1766, where was the first celebration of Saint
Patrick's Day in New York City held?
- Crown and Thistle Tavern
- The Inn of Ireland
- The Tea Kettle
11) When did General George Washington, who commanded
soldiers of Irish descent in the Continental Army, allow his
troops a holiday on March 17 "as an act of solidarity with the
Irish in their fight for independence?"