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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gods bless the snakes, the Irish, and all things green



Happy Wear and Consume Green Things Day! As someone of Irish descent, I hear grumbling about how the holiday perpetuates the drunken Irish stereotype. From those who enjoy wearing green and drinking, I hear "Woo! Yay holiday!" Fellow pagans spend time complaining that the "snakes" St Patrick drove away were in fact the Druids and this day celebrates the persecution of ancient pagans. Then I hear some more about how the Irish were once discriminated against too, and this holiday is a nice reminder to appreciate Irish culture and that there was a time when we didn't--nor were we necessarily proud to be Irish.


You might be thinking, "Can't we all just shut up and drink our green beer?"


This holiday isn't going away. I live in Boston where it's been enshrined into almost religious significance, on par with the Red Sox and bitching about the MBTA. So folks, here's my suggestion: spin it into something positive. Discrimination and prejudice sucks, m'kay? Maybe after you're wearing beer goggles everyone looks the same and you can party with your neighbor instead of worrying about their nationality, religion, hair color, or ethnicity. Alcohol is the great equalizer and besides, who doesn't look good wearing green?


Perhaps I am being a bit too flip, but there's a core of seriousness to this post. I think we've lost our ability to allow ourselves a chance to just celebrate for the fuck of it versus turning it into a sounding board/soap box for our pet cause. The holidays are notorious for either "Putting the Christ in Christmas", "The pagans were honoring Mithras long before you were born", or "Hannukah isn't even a high holy day!", so it's almost a given that there's a longstanding tradition of making holidays into either a religious or political issue. We as a culture have forgotten how to have fun. We're too busy telling little kids Santa isn't real, handing out religious pamphlets, or yelling in editorials about minorities being oppressed.


Am I saying discrimination isn't real? Hell bells, no. I still run into bullshit in regards to pagan belief and actually worked at a job where a co-worker overheard me talking of deity in the plural, pulled me aside and said, "You shouldn't talk like that in front of everyone." This was for a government job. And yeah, in regards to stereotypes the drunken Irish thing probably stopped being funny a while back too, but even I snickered at the "Irish yoga" shirt:



It's inevitable that I've offended someone by this blog post. If you are, I can only state the following from the bottom of my heart: "It's not easy being green."




Love & Magic,
Adrianne

13 comments:

April said...

My ONLY problem with this post is that, as a society, I don't think we EVER knew how to have fun.

Adrianne Brennan said...

LOL I think you're right, unfortunately....

TeresaNoelleRoberts said...

The only thing that offends me about it is that green beer is an abomination before the gods. Green is good. Beer is good. Not together, though!

Adrianne Brennan said...

In all honesty, I've never had green beer. I have, however, consumed on St Patrick's Day Sam Adams Light (for when I wanted to be healthy) or these days, Carlsberg (for when I want something more reminiscent of what I had when I was in Dublin).

Savannah Chase said...

I've never celebrated St. Patty's Day. I think most people have no idea what it really is and see it as just another holiday to have fun drink green beer and get sloshed...

By the way LOL on the yoga pic...

Adrianne Brennan said...

Yay Irish culture! Yay beer. Beeer. <3

Great pic, right? XD

perpetua2206 said...

LMAO @ Irish Yoga!! You know Green Beer is just wrong!! Now green Icecrean is yummy!!

Adrianne Brennan said...

Mint chocolate chip! <3

Ticket Momma said...

lol...I love it! I am surrounded by Italians at work and this is the one McDay a year they defer to my superior heritage :P~ To me, it is totally a day about FUN! We make green cookies and drink green milk (with the kiddos) and my house smells terrible right now because my McHusband has to have his Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner :)

Ticket Momma said...

lol...I love it! I am surrounded by Italians at work and this is the one McDay a year they defer to my superior heritage :P~ To me, it is totally a day about FUN! We make green cookies and drink green milk (with the kiddos) and my house smells terrible right now because my McHusband has to have his Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner :)

Adrianne Brennan said...

Irish soda bread! :D

Janice said...

Oh, but when else are we going to have a time to celebrate being Irish? or in my case Irish decent?

Janice~

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