Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

American Saint Patrick’s Day has been described as “Eiresatz: a sentimental slur of imagined memories, fine feeling and faux Irish talismans and traditions” (Dezell, Irish America, 17). It is a festival of soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, cardboard shamrocks, and green hats, bagels, and beer. In Ireland Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday, but in America it has become a spectacle.

(via Saint Patrick’s Day - Oxford Reference)

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