Thursday, March 17, 2005

Erin Go Blah

I don't quite get this whole "St. Patrick's Day" idea. It seems like a silly holiday to me. In fact, it doesn't seem like a holiday at all. Maybe it's just me, but shouldn't a holiday involve doing something fun, and different from what you do on any normal day? Wearing green just doesn't qualify. Yeah! Let's put on green clothes! Wee! That's fun!

Um, no. And besides, wearing green isn't that far out of the norm. I feel bad for those whose only green clothes are so hideous that they need an excuse to wear them out in public. Without ugly green shirts I doubt St. Patrick's would even be a holiday.

I'm also not quite sure what is being celebrated. Irish-ness? We're celebrating spiked coffee? Why did we pick Irishness to celebrate? Why not English-ness? Or German-ness? Or Polish-ness? I've got no problem with the Irish loving the day, but why do so many others jump on board? For the beer? Then why hasn't Oktober Fest taken off in the US? For the wearing of a certain color of shirt? Then why hasn't "Let's all wear orange day" taken off? For the cultural appreciation? Then why do we stop at Ireland? It just doesn't make any freakin' sense!

That being said, I've got no problem with people "celebrating" it if they want to. It's usually a pretty weak celebration, but hey, if they want to call it that, fine with me. I'm not going to tell people they shouldn't wear green, or go have a Guinness, or try to get kisses because they're Irish. If you want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, go right ahead. But for crying out loud, leave the rest of us alone! Don't ask me where my green is. Don't tell me I should be proud of "our" Irish heritage. Don't yell at me if I'm not drunk.

I see no reason to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. In my mind, it is a fictional holiday. If we celebrated all the major cultures present in the US, then maybe I'd get on board. But if I choose to ignore the day then there's nothing wrong with that. I let you celebrate, let me ignore.


Laura Guetter said...

So you hate Halloween, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day...any others I should know about?

Madley said...

I like to read your blog, so see hwat the your generation of folks have to say about different topics. I almost chimed in on your Valentine's Day post but decided to keep my trap shut on that one!

Thought you might be interested in what Answer Girl had to say about St. Patrick's Day (and the comments are good too).

Just FYI.

Matthew B. Novak said...

No, I don't hate St. Patrick's Day. I'm just sort of apathetic towards it. Though I did drink a green (free) beer today. I can't think of any other holidays I don't like off the top of my head, but you can be sure I'll let you know. I do love Guy Fawkes day. Except for the part where they burn effigies of the Pope. The other effigies I'm mostly ok with.

Kajsa said...

I have to agree with you Matt, Guy Fawkes is one of my favorite random holidays. And at Luther we actually did have "Orange Day", which originated in the one Wednesday every month when the caf served grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, orange jello and cheetos. It was a favorite of most students and inspired a group of them to wear bright orange shirts in celebration every month.

Two of my coworkers (husband and wife) take the day off every year to celebrate St. Patrick's day at the Landmark Center in St. Paul...apparently the husband usually marks the occasion by wearing his Leprechaun costume. Yikes!