sábado, 17 de março de 2012

Everybody is IRISH on March 17th!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
For the next 24 hours everybody will be Irish! Or at least the ones who would like to be! St. Patrick's Day is being celebrated in many places, even places where there are no Irish immigrants or traditions. For many people it's just a very good excuse to drink a pint of Guinness or Heineken (It depends on which one is sponsored the event). Many pubs, in São Paulo and ABC region will be so crowded that if you can get your pint to drink (of any beer) you'll be very lucky! There is nothing wrong about that, we all know how good it's to get together with our friends, but besides drinking on behalf of St. Patrick's, it would also be a good idea if people could take this moment and learn a little bit more about the rich Irish culture. That's what's going on in New York this year - there will be the traditional parade, the music and historical displays about notable Irish citizen, an exhibition about the Irish immigrants at Merchant's House Museum, a tour in Lower Manhattan which include a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral, etc. If only we could do it down here too, it would help to bring some meaning to the celebration! Maybe one day...who knows? Till there, why don't you try to write an Irish Blessing by yourself? It would be a very good exercise to remember the modal verb MAY. And as Anne Mancuso wrote in the NYT article "No need to party like there’s no tomorrow; there’s always Sunday brunch!"
Happy St. Patrick's Day and may all the luck of the Irish be yours!

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