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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

St. Patrick's Day

Today is St. Patrick's Day as you are probably aware, unfortunately I couldn't be anything other than aware today as, having my usual Costa coffee, I had to put up with some truly terrible singing taking place in my local mall (right outside the Costa entrance - the singing, not the mall). I was not impressed. It practically ruined my coffee which I could easily have let ruin my day.

I do not celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I am not Irish. It's not that I have anything against the idea of the celebration but I do not believe it fair that St. Patrick gets such notice when St. George is left in the background. How many of you actually know the date of St. George's Day? I'm guessing not many, despite it being the English patron saint, we only seem to celebrate the Irish patron saint. So my rule is, I'm happy to celebrate St. Patrick as soon as St. George gets in on the action; after all, I'm ENGLISH not Irish!

By the way, St. George's Day is 23rd April.


Anonymous said...

Bethany, I agree with you. But in all fairness, I did a little research, and found out that St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday in Ireland, or at least that's the way it was intended. Here in the States, people just use it as an excuse to get piss-drunk and act stupid. Like you, I do not celebrate St. Patrick's day, except for making shamrock cookies for my coworkers and the small children my mom watches.

Unknown said...

I'm happy with it being a religious holiday in Ireland but in England we don't get a holiday for St. George's Day - and most people don't acknowledge it when they do St. Patrick's. Both could be used as excuses so why is that only Ireland's saint gets that privilege