RADIA: Cheer for beer on St. Paddy’s Day
Until recently, I have never known anyone to not to like St. Patrick’s Day.
The green outfits, the parties, the green beer, the good times. What is not to like?
So, when my colleague opposite told me he had issues with the annual celebration on March 17th, I have to admit that I thought that was a little weird. I thought he was a little weird.
But it looks like he has company — a lot of company.
I urge you all to go online and do a Google or Yahoo! search for “anti St. Patrick’s Day” or “I hate St. Patrick’s Day” and you’ll be surprised at what you will see.
There are scores of online communities, videos and websites railing against the traditional Irish celebration.
There are some that hate the fact that it’s an excuse for men to become rowdy and rude while others lament the fact that they have to wear green.
There’s one website which suggests the holiday falsely propagates the stereotype that all Irish are drunken.
There’s also one that disavows St. Paddy’s Day because of its religious roots.
With all due respect, however, I think the haters need to lighten up a little.
I would venture a guess that most people who celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day know little about its origin.
Instead, they use it as an excuse to go out and have a good time. I really don’t see anything wrong with that.
Besides, it is one of the few official celebrations of the year where there is no pressure.
On Halloween you have to dress up in costume, while on Valentine’s Day you’re expected to buy flowers and chocolates for your sweetheart.
On Christmas you have to deal with family and gifts and on New Year’s eve you need to make plans well in advance if you’re looking to make your yearmemorable.
All you have to do on St. Patrick’s Day is wear green, put on your best Irish accent and — if you wish — make your way to the local bar or tavern.
I will have my green shirt on Sunday — the one that says, ‘Kiss me I’m Irish.’
Cheers to all on St. Paddy’s Day! Just remember to celebrate responsibly.