Growing up in Canada I remember St. Patrick’s Day being about wearing green to school and then drinking green in college. Although most people only associate St. Patricks Day with intoxication it can have a different feeling in it’s country of origin.
Ireland is labelled by it’s own citizens as a country of begrudgers. Complaining about the rain when it’s lashing and when the sun is out, complaining that is it too hot. On Paddy’s weekend the weather worries can be tossed aside as a great buzz fills the cities. A new found patriotism takes over which is a feeling not often displayed here. Unlike North America where inhabitants can sometimes shove the love of their country down your throat.
Here patriotism seems to be an all or nothing experience, it’s usually by the whole nation, not just at the individual level. For example, when the Irish rugby team is set to win the six nations or when a female boxer is going to win gold at the Olympics. This country of clans comes together to celebrate or mourn, depending on the outcome.
A couple videos to feel some Irish pride yourself.
There are Irish expats living all over the world and although many use this day to feel some form of pride, it is still mainly associated with alcohol. Which can make it difficult to enjoy for those who do not drink. If you struggle with alcohol infused holidays I recommend you look at a post I did a few months ago.
To enjoy this time without feeling as though you’re missing out, keep your eyes peeled for events that don’t involve alcohol. In Dublin there’s a 3 day festival for people of all ages, to see all the events look here.
I hope all you enjoy this weekend and if you are Irish spend some time getting in touch with your roots. That doesn’t have to mean enjoying a Guinness.
“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” – W.B. Yeats