Mind flex: Lucky trivia challenge

Test your luck and your knowledge of St. Patrick’s Day facts with these light-hearted (and hopefully lucky) questions and answers from Irish-Expressions.com.

Q: Was St. Patrick actually Irish? 

A: No, Patrick was born in Roman Britain to a religious family and kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. He later escaped and returned to Ireland as a missionary. 

Q: Why is green so prominent on St. Patrick’s Day? 

A: There’s more than one acceptable answer: Ireland herself is referred to as the Emerald Isle due to her lush green landscape. The world-famous Shamrock symbol is green. Also, wearing green makes you invisible to those pesky leprechauns, who will pinch you if they can see you. 

Q: Where was the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade? 

A: Apparently, it was in the United States. The city of Boston celebrated St. Patrick with a small parade as early as 1737. According to Timothy Meagher, it was the Irish Americans who evolved St. Patrick’s Day from the religious holiday of Ireland into a more celebratory occasion. 

Q: What is the meaning of “Erin go Bragh?” 

A: These famous Irish words translate to “Ireland forever.” 

Q: What is the “drowning of the shamrock?” 

A: The St. Patrick’s Day practice of placing a shamrock in one’s last glass of whiskey before drinking it down. 

Q: A well-known legend holds that St. Patrick eliminated what reptile from the Emerald Isle? 

A: Snakes 

Q: What three-letter word describes a very popular Irish dance seen all over the world on St. Patrick’s Day? 

A: Jig 

Q: Is it true that the Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day? 

A: Yes! Two family clans in the Chicago area have been doing this for more than 50 years. They use a top-secret powder that turns the river green for many hours. 

Q: According to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock to describe what central Christian idea? 

A: The Holy Trinity 

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