The Festivals of Lights

Quiz: The Festivals of Lights

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Welcome to the Festivals of Lights Quiz

On March 17th, many of the world's most famous buildings and monuments will turn green for the day. This is done to mark St. Patrick's Day. Patrick is probably the most famous patron saint of a country and the date of his feast day is a global day to celebrate all things Irish.

For instance, the Sydney Opera House turns green every year for St. Patrick’s Day. This isn't a surprise given that nearly 50% of all Australians have an Irish ancestor, but the colour change will take place on about 450 global landmarks across the world - turning many other holidays, ahem, green with envy.

And while the Irish Tourist Board have done a great job with their 'Global Greening' initiative, St. Patrick's Day isn't the only holiday highlighted on the world's iconic buildings and monuments.

In this short quiz, we look at how holidays are marked in landmarks across the world.

Staying in Sydney Harbour, here the Opera House is illuminated with red poppies to mark an important event that is observed in November with a public holiday in several countries. What is the Day?

Sydney Opera House

Dubai's Burj Khalifa is proudly illuminated by the colours of India's national flag on January 26th 2020. Which Indian Holiday is it celebrating?

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

The Empire State Building in New York often puts on a display of colour to mark different events. Which Country's National Day is the Empire State Building lit up in green and yellow for?

Empire State Building, New York

You don't have to be big to get involved! The iconic Manneken-Pis is probably the best known symbol of Brussels, Belgium. He is often dressed up to celebrate different holidays. Which Independence Day is the statue honouring?

Manneken-Pis, Brussels

Which famous Hindu festival of light is being celebrated by the London Eye?

The Great Wall of China is lit up for different holidays. Here, a section is illuminated to look like a dragon at night to mark China's National Day on October 1st 2019. What anniversary was the wall marking in 2019?

In Egypt, on November 11th 2018, one of the wonders of the world, the Pyramids, is lit up in red and white to join in the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of which country regaining its independence?

Here we see an impressive illumination of the statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the Brazilian city of  Rio de Janeiro. The projection marks an important Christian holiday. Which one?

And it's not just buildings or monuments, that get to join in. Recently the Niagara Falls in Canada got a lighting upgrade, so it can celebrate different events. Here the famous waterfall is illuminated in July in the colours of which country?

And finally, moving away from lights, but back to St. Patrick; which American city turns its river green for St. Patrick's Day?

Happy Holidays to Hue!

We can’t light up your house as if it’s the pyramids, however, if you have Hue lights in your house, you can join in by making your lights change to mark different holidays. Visit our page to choose an event.