St. Patrick’s Day 2014 is only a rainbow away from the pot of gold. Family friendly fun facts and trivia questions and answers are a great way to introduce St. Patrick’s Day to the younger kids in your family.
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Have some fun with these St. Patrick’s Day trivia questions and answers by cutting them out (on gold colored paper) and placing them in a green bag or basket. Have a bell by the basket and tell your family to ring the bell when they want to challenge another family member with their St. Patrick’s Day knowledge; or simply ring the bell and whoever is closest to the green bag or basket gets to read a St. Patrick’s Day trivia question.
30 of the best family friendly St. Patrick’s Day trivia questions and answers:
- WHEN IS ST. PATRICK’S DAY? St. Patrick’s Day takes place each year on March 17, the traditional religious feast day of Saint Patrick.
- How many Presidents of the United States proudly claim Irish heritage -- including our first President, George Washington? Nineteen
- What colors are in The Irish flag? Green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
- How many U.S. residents are of Irish ancestry? 34.7 million This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
- What is the most popular traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish? Corned beef and cabbage. In 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in the United States.
- RANDOM FACT: Lucky Charms, a favorite cereal brand among many, young and old, was created in 1963, with its popular mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun.
- How did Irish soda bread get its name? Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive character from the use of baking soda rather than yeast as a leavening agent.
- What color and flower is mostly associated with St. Patrick’s Day? Lime green chrysanthemums are most often requested for St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations.
- When and where did the first St. Patrick’s Day parade take place? In the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
- How many St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States? Over 100 parades; New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations.
- At the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, participants march where? Up 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street.
- Each year, how many people march in the parade? Between 150,000 and 250,000 marchers take part in the parade, which does not allow automobiles or floats.
- How many regular three-leaf clovers are there for every lucky four-leaf clover? One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000
- What does legend says that each leaf of the clover mean? The first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
- Name four places in the United States that are named after the shamrock, the floral emblem of Ireland. Mount Gay-Shamrock, WV; Shamrock, TX; Shamrock Lakes, IN; and Shamrock, OK.
- How many U.S. places share the name of Ireland’s capital, Dublin. Sixteen. With 44,541 residents, Dublin, CA, is the largest of the nice, followed by Dublin, OH, with 39,310.
- Other towns with the luck of the Irish include? Emerald Isle, North Carolina and Irishtown, Illinois.
- What is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry? Irish; ranking behind German.
- Irish ranks among the top five ancestries in every state except which two? Hawaii and New Mexico.
- Irish is the leading ancestry group in what three states? Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- How many current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland? Approximately 144,588
- What is the actual color of St. Patrick? Blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick's Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
- True or false: St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the pagans that he converted to Christianity. True
- True or False: Most Catholics attend mass in the morning and then attend the St. Patrick's Day parade. True
- What are worn on the lapel on St. Patrick’s day? Shamrocks
- RANDOM FACT: In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair
- How many people who signed our Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin? Nine
- What is an origin of the name “leprechaun”? It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.”
- What is the highest number of leaves found on a clover? According to the Guinness Book of World Records it is 14.
- If you don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day, what will happen to you? You will get pinched!
Have fun with your family on the day that everyone is Irish, and the days leading up to it. Start a new tradition of quizzing each other on St. Patrick’s Day fun facts.
Have a fun, family friendly St. Patrick’s Day!
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