Thursday, March 17

The History of St Patrick's Day

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Happy St Patrick's Day!

St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. St Patrick's Day is an annual holiday which is celebrated by people all over the world on March 17.

How much do you know about the history of St Patrick's Day?

Watch this short video about the history of St Patrick's Day, and then scroll down the page to answer some questions.


1) Ireland is sometimes known as...?

a) The Shamrock States
b) The Emerald Isles
c) The Leprechaun Lands
d) The video doesn't say

2) Where was St Patrick born?
a) England
b) Ireland
c) Scotland
d) Wales

3) What was St Patrick's job before he became a priest?

a) He was a fisherman
b) He was a carpenter
c) He was a shepherd
d) He was a painter and decorator

4) Why did St Patrick decide to become a priest?

a) he had a dream
b) he had a vision
c) he had a vocation
d) he had a brainwave

5) What was the name of St Patrick's autobiography?

a) Dreams from My Father
b) A Journey
c) The Confessor
d) Being St Patrick

6) What did St Patrick build when he returned to Ireland?

a) roads and bridges
b) schools and monasteries
c) schools and ministries
d) the video doesn't say

7) What kind of creature did St Patrick drive out of Ireland, according to popular legend?

a) wasps
b) wolves
c) snakes
d) the video doesn't say

8) Why does the holiday fall on March 17?

a) because it's the anniversary of St Patrick's birth
b) because it's the anniversary of St Patrick's death
c) to commemorate the date he became a priest
d) the video doesn't say

9) Where was the first St Patrick's Day parade in the US held?

a) New York
b) Chicago
c) Boston
d) the video doesn't say

10) What colour is it customary to wear on St Patrick's Day?

a) red
b) blue
c) green
d) the video doesn't say

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