Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paddy Cake

Today is St. Patrick's Day and it got me thinking of an interesting encounter some odd years ago.

I don't mean to ruffle anyone's feathers, but I don't celebrate the holiday. I got into it when I was a young girl in school. Wearing green and having treats were fun! However I did feel out of place because it was an Irish holiday and we didn't celebrate it at home.

I grew out of it, and stopped participating. Simply because it didn't have any connection to me.

So whenever someone would ask why I wasn't wearing green, I would point out, tongue-in-cheek, that I'm not Irish.

I got the same question one time a few Paddys ago. This time the person seemed offended at my answer, as though not being Irish was not an acceptable reason. She pointed out that many people who were not Irish celebrated the holiday. To emphasize my point, I asked her (she was Caucasian) if she celebrated Kwanza?

She seemed thoughtful, but quickly changed the subject. I was wondering if those you who do celebrate St. Patrick's day feel the same? Is St. Patrick's day a holiday you feel everyone should celebrate regardless of culture? Please share :)

9 comments:

  1. I think it all depends on the person and what they feel they should do. Everyone is different and free to make their own choices in life. To each his own is what I most always say!!!!

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  2. I don't think I've ever known a single person who *really* celebrates St Patrick's Day. Maybe it's the area of the country I live in, but I don't really know many Irish people. All of the kids wear green to school (some parents and teachers too), but it's more like "Wear Green Day" than an actual holiday....know what I mean?

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  3. Thank you both for visiting.

    @hope - heading over to your blog to follow and enter the giveaway.

    @Ahelicoptermom - "wear green day" I like it! That's what'll tell my babes :)

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  6. Thanks for following my blog, now following yours.

    I have some irish in me, but mostly german. I don't celebrate the holiday. I don't wear green and we don't do anything at home. ALTHOUGH I do dress my girls in green. My oldest goes to preschool so I do it more for the fun of it then actually celebrating it. I really feel that adults who celebrate it WITHOUT kids really only do it as an excse to drink.

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  7. I agree with the comment above, it's just an excuse for adults to party. Like Cinco de Mayo ... you go out for the mexican food and the margaritas!

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  8. @Megan & @mombo880

    That is so true!

    My 2nd/3rd grader wore no green at all. They said some students wore green, most did not. On the other hand, my high schooler said a LOT of teens wore green as well as hats, some dyeing their hair green. Although I suspect that those dyeing their hair green were probably looking for an excuse to do so :)

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  9. I'm from the Philippines and we don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day here. So, I can't relate, sorry.

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