Sunday, March 15, 2015

St. George's Day Should Be a Party Holiday Like St. Patrick's and Cinco de Mayo

St. Paddy's Day is a couple of days away. Last week, a discussion among friends in a Facebook group discussion thread had me thinking about American (and elsewhere, too) drinking holidays, like St. Paddy's and Cinco de Mayo and New Year's Eve, et cetera. I blogged about this before, but I've made an amendment to my proposed April drinking holiday.

I facetiously suggested that either Easter or Passover could be the partying holiday that bridges the gap between St. Paddy's and Cinco. Realistically, neither would catch on, since the masses probably wouldn't want to commit some sort of blasphemy in at least two religions, Easter involving Jesus and Passover involving Moses. Of course, St. Paddy's is also a religious holiday, commemorating the Catholic Saint Patrick, but we party regardless, which is mostly heresy-free.

My dog Kate's birthday is in late April, but she isn't entrenched in pop culture enough (yet!) to warrant a food-and-drink holiday.

I propose that St. George's Day, on April 23rd, should be the holiday that bridges the aforementioned March and May party nights. St. George is the patron saint of England (south of Scotland, on the island of Britain, if you haven't heard of it) and was quite the dragon-slayer. If everyone's Irish on Paddy's, and everyone's Mexican on Cinco, then in the spirit of inclusiveness, everyone's English on George's Day.

An actual English person in the above-mentioned Facebook discussion suggested that curry and chips should be the equivalent to the corned beef brisket and cabbage on this holiday. (The use of corned beef was apparently an improvisation by Irish immigrants in America.) Apparently, french-fried potatoes with curry sauce is extremely popular among the English today. In my limited knowledge, I suggested either fish and chips or Sunday roast (roast beef and Yorkshire pudding). And ale, oh yes, ale. I don't know if Newcastle or Bass should be the mass-market equivalent to Guinness (or green-colored beer, which is out of the discussion). In any case, I'll have to track down curry and chips, soon.

On St. Patrick's, people tend to wear green. Per the suggestion of my English friend, we'll have to wear red and white for St. George's, with either a red or white rose, depending on the side of the War of the Roses you choose: House Stark or House Lannister, err, the House of York (white) or the House of Lancaster (red). Since this is an English holiday, and everyone's either honorarily or actually English, then please, no Union Jacks on clothing. Then again, I suppose we'll have to spell words like colour and limit the x-treme American use of the letter z. And pronounce that flexible metal as aluminium.

There should be a knight slaying a dragon somewhere during this holiday, because dragon-slaying is pretty cool. Here's a photo of my dog Kate with a knight on her back, from Halloween 2013:

In conclusion, St. George's Day, where everyone's English for the day and (k)night, should be a thing. As a postscript, let us look at the year for a party day/night every month:

January: There seems to be no party holiday! New Year's (hangover) Day is too close to December's party holiday. Epiphany is too intertwined with Jesus and Christmas to truly be a St. Paddy's-level revel. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has a feeling of civic sacredness, the civil rights equivalent to high holiday days like Easter and Passover. We'll have to get back to January's party holiday.

February: Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday usually happens in the month of February. During years with March Mardi Gras, we'll have to come up with a suitable substitute. Hint: It probably won't be Valentine's or President's Day. Of course, in the spirit of inclusiveness, everyone's a Francophone on Mardi Gras!

March: St. Patrick's Day on the 17th.

April: As proposed above, St. George's Day on the 23rd.

May: Cinco de Mayo on the 5th.

June: We'll have to get back to June's party holiday.

July: The Fourth of July, on the 4th, because U-S-A! U-S-A! Hashtag: 'Murica.

August: We'll have to get back to August's party holiday.

September: We'll have to get back to September's party holiday. Labor Day? Maybe, maybe not.

October: Halloween on the 31st. Everyone's something else on Halloween!

November: Thanksgiving (USA) on the fourth Thursday of the month. It's not quite a party holiday, per se, but it involves a massive amount of food and drink.

December: New Year's Eve on the 31st.

We'll have to figure out party holidays for January, sometimes-February, June, August, and September. In the meantime, I hope you all have a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday! Cheers!

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