Okay, this probably should have gone up last week when it was relevant, but I saved it for now because A) last week’s article was much more important to me on an emotional and ideological level, B) I kind of want to see how many people are up to the idea of employing the changes I’m about to suggest to next year, and C) after last week’s article, I’m still emotionally drained and need something more lighthearted and shorter to take the pressure off.
So, as some of you may know, I take some amount of joy in my heritage – Scottish on my mother’s side; Irish on my Father’s. So, I actually enjoy St. Patrick’s Day when it comes around and appreciate the significance of the holiday.
That said, it bothers me that we seem to be celebrating it wrong.
There’s a long list of misconceptions about St. Paddy’s day that I could rattle off, but I want to focus on one in particular – the heavy drinking.
Now, I’m not a prudish, tea drinker by any means. I enjoy the occasional “drop of the crayther” and my favorite way to close an evening is a combination of Midori, Absinthe and Ginger Ale. But getting three sheets to the wind isn’t just irresponsible; it’s disrespectful to be doing on a high holy day. Hell, I’m not even religious and I’m offended.
For the uninitiated, St. Patrick’s day is commonly accepted as the day of the death of Maewyn Succat, AKA; Saint Patrick. As such, it is traditionally a more somber day of remembrance and bars and pubs would close out of respect for the tradition of abstaining from alcohol for the day in his honor.
Obviously, no one is going to want to give up a rowdy celebration full of drinking and revelry. To that end, I propose a middle ground.
During St. Patrick’s Day, we could observe the day in the traditional manner as a day of temperance. However, when the clock strikes midnight, we close the day with a HUGE celebration I call Finnegan’s Wake (named after the folk ballad). We would end the day of temperance with a night of unbridled revelry. The idea is balance.
So what do you think? Would you enjoy a change like this? Let me know what you think. If you like this idea, share it with your friends and let’s see if we can make this happen next year.