I am a good part Irish, so I always celebrate St. Patrick's! That being said, here are a few things I HATE about the holiday in America:
*green beer. What is the point in green beer? Ew. I will never comprehend that.
*stupid costumes made to look like Leprechauns or giant green... people. I can't fathom why dressing like the Lucky Charms guy makes you so very Irish. That whole iconography was created by a cereal company. It's not all that Irish.
*people who think red hair is an Irish thing and make a big deal out of it. It was a mutation in genes and originated in England. Some of those people happened to colonize in Ireland, and over time blended with the Irish and the red-head gene was incorporated. I think I learned this in my biology class.
*How crowded the pub gets with drunk people who all feel they have to scream instead of talk.
Anyways, here are things I LOVE about the holiday:
*Friends who come out to the pub with us.
*An excuse to wear green (which I don't really need, as I own a lot of green clothes).
*An excuse to drink on a weekday. Even though I have work tomorrow morning.
*The music. I often listen to Celtic music anyway, but it's nice to see some local bands that try to play some tunes, or hear recordings in public places (which is funny because I get lots of accusing looks when I listen to Celtic music in my car any other time of year. This is the one day people actually try to find Celtic Pandora stations and whatnot).
So, on Saturday, I will be singing some Irish tunes, mostly of the drinking assortment, with some lovely people. Here are the YouTube versions of a couple (both are renditions by Gaelic Storm, because they are upbeat and fun):
(I didn't make the videos, they are not official videos, either. I just found them on YouTube HERE and HERE.)
Happy St. Paddy's Day! Avoid green beer and drunken "Leprechauns", have a Guinness or Smithwick's and listen to some good music!