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 :)