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. :)
Ballynoe Tree Tunnel - This enchanted old path known as the Ballynoe Tree Tunnel leads to the to an ancient Stone Circle Monument which is thought to date back to the period succeeding the Early Bronze Age photo by Derek Smyth
Is everyone wearing green today? Nature’s light show displays a fantastic emerald ripple above Denali National Park in Alaska, a great place to see the Northern Lights. Says photographer Carl Johnson, “Having great aurora borealis images to show for a night out in the cold cannot truly capture the thrill of just being out there and witnessing this amazing phenomenon.” Photo courtesy of Carl Johnson. #StPatricksDay
For St. Patrick’s Day, here is your Green Theatre Squad:
-Susan (Tick Tick Boom)
-Alexander Hamilton (Hamilton)
-Hélène Kuragina (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812)
-Heather Duke (Heathers)
(I tried to pick one character per musical and don’t know that many musicals so…)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from this green moray eel in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary!
Green moray eels are actually brownish, but they don green in celebration of holidays – or, rather, to protect themselves from parasites and disease. That is, these eels secrete a yellowish mucus that covers their skin, giving them a greenish tinge.
Here are the St Patrick’s Day drawings I did inside of the Drawpile session. Thank you to those who joined me! It was a long session and was worth every moment. Of course, I got more done than just these two, and they were really quickly done.