Got to have a Guinness on Paddy's day, and pretty nice all year round.
By all means enjoy a tasty Guinness but you can have beers of equal quality for less money in Beamish and Murphy's stouts. Guinness is not superior, but it enjoys superior marketing.
The Irish like a good excuse for a huge drinking binge.
The original celebration was founded by the Irish Protestant organisation, The Knights of St. Patrick, in 1783 fully supported by the British to provide a new focus of ritual and spectacle in the figure of St. Patrick. It was essentially a pacifying colonial strategy which the Irish dutifully swallowed and embraced, if I may mix my metaphors. Subsequently, homesick Irish immigrants in the United States and their rootless offspring inflated the spectacle to compensate for their alienation until it became the raucous excuse to get hammered by Irish and non-Irish alike that it is today, and the latter is the secret why it is more popular than other nations' saints' holy days. St. David's Day would be more popular if a tradition was established to brighten the occasion by the widespread popular consumption of psilocybin mushrooms.
But I *am* Irish and I am sick to the back teeth of this annual vulgar spectacle of untrammelled tawdriness in which Irishness is reduced to green plastic hats and ugly fake red beards. Saint Patrick's Day is a tasteless travesty that makes me ashamed.
I second that,lets start a new tradition ! Oh waitress,another round of shrooms over here please !
Because as English are or the powers that be make us to frightend of our own shadows, We have or are getting to point where we cannot be proud of been English in case it upsets someone !!<br />
Where is one think l can say " Im proud to be a Yorkshire man"
Only in England is it frowned upon to be proud of your country. We are a diverse multicultureal nation & have a great deal to offer, but until we can speak our minds & not walk on eggshells we will go nowhere
The Irish have less things to celebrate.
Better PR team! It's the same team that got Valentines day on the calendar!
Cant be just the booze as the Scots are in the same league, I think its the friendliness of the irish,the music and the craic. It just has a great atmosphere and tradition and all helped along by a healthy pint of Guinnes!.
Spellings, please: Irish, crack, Guinness.
when did you join the spelling police ? and craic is the correct Irish spelling for crack as you wrongly spell it.
I joined the spelling police when I learned how to spell correctly as a young child. "Craic" is not an Irish word; "crack" meaning "fun" is a northern English word that has very largely fallen into disuse in England itself. Many words in Irish, such as "craic", are merely Gaelicized spellings of English words: "roicéad" (rocket), "digiteach" (digital), and "séipéal" (chapel). It is correct when writing in Irish to write "craic", but in English one writes "crack". I refer you to the entry for "crack" in a good etymological dictionary to confirm this fact about its origins as an English language, not Irish, word. The four illustrative examples of the use of "cracK" meaning "fun, amusement; mischief" in the Oxford English Dictionary all use the spelling "crack". I remain a member of the spelling police because I know what I am talking about, annoying as that may be.
The letter "w" in "when" should have been capitalized, as the first word in the sentence. The letter "a" in "and" should also have been capitalized, for the same reason. There should be no space before the question mark.
Go away you are too boring..... take a chill pill.
as an Irishman i feel the answer is purely BOOZE!
The Irish migrated to a lot of places world wide. Have had a few good celebrations on Paddy's day myself, in my youth of course :) Just one long party and everyone can be "Irish" for the day.
No you sing along, up for the crack and yes enjoy a drink or ten as the night goes on haha, ok yes pi$$ed all day long :)
i guess America likes it and there's the whole Irish pub thing :-)