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Happy Plastic Paddy Day

America is fucking insane about "I once smelt Irish Whiskey so I'm Offically Irish" Day.

Just don't get me started... the first time someone pinches me on St Pads for not wearing Green is the day I get arrested for beating someone with a nice Orange traffic cone "because I'm English and it's symbolic."


(previously posted as a comment in ms_violet's journal)


18th Mar, 2006 10:22 (UTC)
Ok, I won't get into the whole ancestors thing, because that's another conversation. If you pay attention to my post you'll see I'm not refering to Irish people, or people who have a genuine (or at least some kind of sensible) reason to celebrate St Patricks Day.

I'm refering to the wierd over-the-top fakery that is associated with it, especially the wierd abusive tradition (kids pinching each other? Thats just bullying).

I'm not catholic no, I'm not any specific religeon. To say I celebrate Valentines Day is a bit of a stretch. I use it as an excuse to celebrate whoever I'm with, and I also lampoon it as "Bacontine Day" with Miriam, so there's not much reverence there. Christmas is also an "offical" holiday. It's sactioned by the government, and I don't celbrate the birth of a jewish carpenter on it. I give and recieve presents, and eat food - which is actually a spin off of pagan winter solstice celebrations that became entwined with "Christmas". Most of what people would term Christmas has nothing to do with Christianity really.

Same with Halloween. Why on earth would you have to be a Wiccan? Halloween is a Christian holiday, but again - all dressed up in its folk-pagan pagentry. It's about death and spooks. Nothing to do with specific religions.

Sorry if I upset you but a) The US does go a bit over the top about it, and also b) I'm English, and I was making a joke about that. If any group of people can historically say "fuck it, nothing to do with me" about Ireland/Irish Celebrations it's us.

No it doesn't harm me, but that's no reason not to post on LJ about an opinion, be it serious or not, on a subject is it? I won't shy away from posting my opinions on my LJ and neither should you ;) That said, I always try to rationalise things I post that are serious. I thought this was obviously a joke, and so didn't bother - sorry if that wasn't clear.
18th Mar, 2006 12:30 (UTC)
It's alright. I understand now. I'm sorry if I overreacted. It wasn't clear to me what you meant. But seriously, it's not just Americans that get excited about St Patrick's Day for no reason at all.


(oh and sorry about that argument, that person really pissed me off.)
18th Mar, 2006 12:34 (UTC)
No, it's not just Americans, but the excesses are most apparent (and celebrated) over there.

But yeah, no problems ;)
19th Mar, 2006 00:38 (UTC)
OMG it's BACON day. NOT bacontine day. thats so rude and direspectful to my beliefs.