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This reminds of when I went to Sweden St Patrick’s Day Irish Gnome Busch Light Shirt in 1985 and I asked my cousin who lived in Sweden at the time, “I don’t see any meatballs in the supermarkets or on restaurant menus.” She told me with all the Swedes in Minnesota, people in Minnesota make more Swedish food than the Swedes in Sweden. In fact, there are more people of Swedish descent in Minnesota than in Sweden. Hey. Nobody celebrates holidays because of ancient historical facts that may or may not have led to their establishment a thousand years ago. We celebrate holidays because they’re either fun or have some more religious, patriotic, social or seasonal (depending on the holiday) significance to us, and even then, we’re pretty well aware that the holidays as celebrated today have little relationship to the historical foundational events that led to those holidays.
In Boston and everywhere else in the St Patrick’s Day Irish Gnome Busch Light Shirt U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is a cartoonish celebration where 10% of participants* pay homage to some vague notions of what they/we believe to be their Hibernian roots and the other 90% may wear something green or have a stout that they would not have otherwise drunk. That’s it. It’s just a party with some very, very shaky notions of some sort of nods to Ireland that has as much to do with Ireland as the General Tso’s Chicken at a strip mall in Des Moines has to do with the cuisine of China.