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St. Patrick’s Day test to impress your grandchildren

Test your St. Patrick's Day savvy
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Grandkids know everything. Just ask them. Baking cookies, Jack says, “Yes, Grammy, I KNOW how to measure!” Drawing pictures, Cam says, “Yes, Grammy, I KNOW how to draw eye brows”. Reading books, Sky says, “Yes, Grammy, I CAN read.”

But when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, do you and your grandkids know EVERYTHING? Me neither, so here’s a quiz (see answers at bottom – and don’t peak.) Test your grandkids on these bits o’ joy!

Top 10 Tidbits of St. Patrick’s Day Knowledge:

1. What does the Shamrock (3-leaf clover) symbolize?
2. Who was St. Patrick?
3. The legend or story goes that St. Patrick drove who or what out of Ireland?
4. What does wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day symbolize?
5. What is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade called in Ireland?
6. The largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held in: a) New York City, b) Chicago, c) Dublin.
7. What mascots lead the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
8. Why are there no snakes in Ireland? a) St. Patrick banished them, b) Snakes don’t drink beer, c) Ireland is an island and being separated from the rest of the continent the snakes couldn’t get there.
9. What does the phrase, Erin Go Braugh mean?
10. What is a Sheleighly (pronounced: shell-lay-lee)?

Answers:

1. The Shamrock is a religious symbol of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost).
2. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland as he was the one who brought Christianity to the Irish.
3. St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.
4. To people of Irish heritage, the color green reminds them of the beautiful green countryside of Ireland.
5. The parade in Dublin, Ireland is called the Irish Mardi Gras.
6. (a) The largest parade is held in New York City. More than one hundred bands and a hundred thousand marchers follow along in the parade.
7. Two Irish wolfhounds, the mascots of the New York National Guard infantry regiment the “Fighting 69th”, always lead the parade.
8. (c )
9. “Erin Go Braugh” is a Gaelic phrase used to express allegiance to Ireland, and translates to “Ireland Forever”.
10. A Sheleighly is a Celtic word for a club or type of hand weapon, referred to in Ireland lore as the mighty protector “only the fool stays when the sheleighly is raised.”

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