Enjoy St. Patrick’s day your way
The celebration of Paddy’s day is celebrated far and wide. Maybe you’re only Irish for March 17, but on that day it feels like everyone’s green at heart!
Parades are held as far away a America, Australia and even Japan. But, despite the pride we feel, it also makes us consider the issue of alcohol as a part of the Irish Identity.
St. Patrick’s day can have different meanings for everyone.
Traditionally, the day has been associated with the celebration and expression of Irish culture, as well as the consumption of alcohol.
More than a stereotype
It can be common for popular culture to poke fun at stereotypes, including of the Irish.
One of the most widely known examples is from The Simpsons. In one memorable episode, prohibition is re-enacted, as a result of things getting our of hand on St. Patrick’s day.
Anchorman Kent Brockman urges people to reflect, “all this drinking, violence, destruction of property. Are these the things we think of when we think of the Irish?” Unfortunately, the answer is assumed to be yes.
But, as with any stereotype, being Irish is much more complex than that, and we needn’t take it on board.
There’s still the issue of drink
Despite many people not being interested in drink on Paddy’s day, for some the idea is still ingrained.
This can often translate into things like peer-pressure to participate. So, it’s good to be aware of what you’re comfortable with.
We’re not trying to put a dampener on festive spirits. As with anything though, it’s good to have a bit of balance.
Being aware of some of the effects of alcohol can help you make decisions you’re OK with.
What else is there to do?
Whatever you want! St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t necessarily have to be about drinking, or even tradition. There’s loads on, like your your local parade or family friendly events.
You could even just take a step back from it all and hang out with friends or family, have lunch or whatever. It is a holiday after all!
Besides, you only have to do something once to make it a tradition – start your own.
Taitneamh a bhaint as!