Further explanation for St Pat’s…because someone asked.
If you celebrate today by wearing green or havin’ a pint or such, that’s okay. What’s important is that you know from whence the traditions come, you have a healthy respect for Irish heritage, and your celebratory activities don’t play on cruel stereotypes.
year, I got together with a bunch of Irish-descended friends and had a
heritage blast. We made Irish foods like corned beef & cabbage, colcannon, shortbread, and suchlike, and then we all sat down and
watched Boondock Saints. Most of us wore green, and we got rip-roaring drunk over the course of the evening. (Then again, that’s most of our parties…anyway.)
It’s all about knowing where stuff comes
from. Traditions like the wearing of the green are an important part of Irish heritage,
and you need see it as such, and not just as popular shtick. Same goes for a
lot of other Irish-related stuff today.
It’s about celebrating the culture while not reinforcing negative stereotypes, and it’s not hard.
Just…don’t pretend you’re “Irish for the day” if you’re not already. Don’t pinch people who didn’t wear green. Don’t put on a fake accent or dress like a leprechaun. Don’t make derogatory jokes. Don’t make a mockery of Ireland or it’s people or their culture.
You wouldn’t want someone making fun of your home country. So don’t do it to someone else’s.
And for Irish-Americans (and those who wish they were), today’s a GREAT day to learn about Irish heritage. Ask your family members for stories. Look up surnames online to see where they’re from. Read up on Irish and American-Irish history. Read some Irish folktales. Pop in some tunes by an Irish band.
And let’s all raise a glass to better days. May the roofs over our heads never fall in and may the friends beneath them never fall out. :)