Every year thousands of Americans pretend to be Irish about as convincingly as Greeks pretending to be a horse: anyone falling for it will be very sorry in the morning. It’s easy to “fit in” on St. Patrick’s Day if you are a red head which is actually more common in Scotland than Ireland, but few people know this.
This demonstrates how little people know of the story and history behind Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day.
Saint Patrick's Day is observed on March 17th. It is celebrated both inside and outside of Ireland, as both a liturgical and non-liturgical holiday. In London, St. Paddy's, as it's affectionately known, is widely considered a daylong event. Partying too hard or too fast would end the day early. In Dublin, Ohio streets are blocked off for the annual parade and the few Irish-type bars are packed, the town has itself convinced they are actually in Ireland.
On Chicago’s South Side, a small piece of Ireland, its celebration is the famous “South Side Irish Parade”. In downtown Chicago, the river is dyed green. Whether you are Irish, Scottish, Greek, Polish, Russian etc. One thing everyone has in common, is that we are all very proud of our heritage, the family traditions, food and music. Many of our Scottish, Irish, Greek, English grandparents arrived on Ellis Island hopeful for the future in the United States. St. Patrick’s Day reminds many of us of the importance of our family history and those who are involved in our lives today to help us create our own family tree. “We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors wisdom.”Maya Angelou
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