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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2011

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Art, Holidays, Smiley.
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Happy St. Patty's Day! Illustration made on my computer.

Yes, I’m wearing green today, so please don’t pinch me. But honestly, sometimes I wonder if non-Irish and/or non-Christians have any business celebrating St. Patrick‘s Day. Like St. Valentine’s Day and, arguably, Easter and Christmas, we’ve secularized and commercialized what is really a sacred Christian feast day.

But I don’t actually think we’ve “ruined” the holiday. When people celebrate the secular side of this holiday properly, they’re celebrating cultural pride. And I love seeing people celebrate their heritage, but I love even more seeing people celebrating the heritage of others.

If you’re Christian, especially if you’re Catholic: Happy feast day of St. Patrick. If you’re Irish, Sláinte! But if you’re neither, I hope you make today about more than wearing green and drinking Guinness. Find out a bit more about the life of St. Patrick (read beyond the snakes thing, people!), and ask someone Irish to tell you about their history and their heritage.

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