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The History of Saint Patrick's Day (page 2)

The History of Saint Patrick

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Saint Patrick's Day Quiz

Get in the Irish spirit with your child this Saint Patrick’s Day, and learn a little about the green jewel of the Atlantic, with this short round of trivia:

  1. What is the connection between the snake and St. Patrick?
  2. “Erin Go Bragh” is a phrase heard often on St. Patrick’s Day. What does it mean?
  3. Why is corned beef associated with St. Patrick’s Day?
  4. What are leprechauns, and what do they have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?
  5. Irish lore says that anyone who kisses the blarney stone, located near this town, with be blessed with the “gift of gab.” What is the town?
Answers
  1. Legend has it that St. Patrick stood atop a hillside in Ireland and banished all the snakes from the country. Ireland actually never had any snakes; the story is a metaphor for the eradication of pagan ideology and the triumph of Christianity.
  2. “Erin Go Bragh” means “Ireland Forever.”
  3. Irish immigrants living on the lower East Side of New York substituted cheaper corned beef, which they learned about from their Jewish neighbors, for their traditional meal of Irish bacon.
  4. Leprechauns, meaning “small-bodied fellows” have their origins in the Celtic belief in fairies. They were known for their trickery used to protect their treasure, the fabled pot of gold. Walt Disney released a film entitled “Darby O’Gill & the Little People,” and leprechauns became both a symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day.
  5. The town is Cork.
 
 
 
 

 

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