Thursday, March 17, 2011

Part the XVII: Where Nick celebrates St. Patrick's Day in England

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!  Hopefully you are enjoying yourselves and having a good time with friends and family.  So I decided to see what St. Patrick's day is like here in England.  The most important thing is that it is treated very differently here than it is in America.  At home, St. Patrick's day is a day where everyone is Irish and, at least with a lot of college students, drinking is a pastime.  Here in England, things seem so different.  At normal British Pubs, the regulars are there usually drinking their normal brew and watching sports while taking part in the quiz.  The closest thing you see to normal St. Patrick's Day traditions here are usually at the Irish Pubs in town.  Here you will see all the staff and patrons wearing green, perhaps a leprechan hat here and there.  One pub, Molloy's, was even giving away free pints of Guinness.  Even then, the excess that seems so normal was not as prevalent.  Every now and then you saw a person, usually a younger college aged kid, who may have had too much.  Most people instead stopped into the pub, exchanged niceties with friends and staff, had a pint, and then went back into the world.  Here in England, they call St. Patrick's Day "The Friendliest Day of the Year".  I can honestly say that it is very much true.  I met some great people today and shared some interesting stories with them.  In the end, at least here in England, friendship rules this day.  The chance to meet over a pint of Guinness is just icing on the cake...or perhaps a head of foam on the stout.

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