This weekend millions of people around the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Almost 40 million people in the U.S. claim Irish heritage, so there is no way of avoiding the March 17 celebrations. From the perspective of an Irish person in the U.S., here are ten reasons why I dislike St. Patrick’s Day.
Why does everyone try to make a buck off poor auld St. Patrick? In March it seems you can buy almost anything in some shade of green. You don't need a green feather boa to enjoy the day, so save yourself the cash and treat yourself to some good Irish grub instead.
Consuming green food does not make you Irish! You can eat as many green bagels as you want, but other than entertaining kids, dying food green seems a waste of energy. Why not make your favorite Irish comfort food instead?
Leprechauns are a myth – stop the madness! These wee mythical men don’t exist in Ireland, so there is nothing Irish about a little person dressed in green on St. Patrick’s Day.
You cannot get anywhere in the city! From early on the subways, buses and sidewalks are thronged with people. The bars are packed with green clad revelers, which can turn mighty messy as the day progresses.
For the love of God, It's not called St. Patty's Day! Patty is ladies nickname and a character from Grease (right). It's called St. Patrick's Day! Or Paddy's Day! Not Patty's. If you are going to celebrate the holiday, the least you can do is get the name correct.
Idiotic t-shirts and accessories. There is nothing Irish about some of the merchandise that retails stores sell for St. Patrick’s Day. March 17 doesn’t give you a license to endorse a stereotype and insult a nation.
Corned beef is something you put in sandwiches in Ireland, not serve with potatoes! Corned beef and cabbage is an Irish dish with an American twist.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, not month, weekend, fortnight! People have begun to extend the national Irish holiday far before and beyond March 17. Why can’t one day of celebrating be enough to get your Irish on?
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