Question: Why do the same people celebrate Cinco De Mayo and St. Patrick’s Day?
The two holidays have very little in common. One is celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. The other is celebrating a battle where a severely overmatched Mexican army beat a vastly superior French army.
Despite this, the same people seem to be celebrating both. In March, they will wear a shirt telling people to kiss them because their Irish. They are, in fact, not really Irish, but this does not stop them from pursuing kisses under false pretense. Then, come May, the same people are happy to celebrate with a taco and sombrero despite the fact that they do not ACTUALLY know what Cinco de Mayo is.
Maybe the percentage of Irish-Mexicans living in the United States is way higher than I realize. This could be. I am not aware of the statistics of people with Irish and Mexican heritage in their lineage, but judging by people I have met, I would assume that nearly three out of every five people have ancestors from both Mexico and Ireland. With these stats, you would think that someone would have created a corned beef enchilada by now, but I have yet to hear of it.
According to my research, there only seems to be one thing in common between the two: drinking. For some reason, the only way to celebrate Irish or Mexican holidays are to drink. People in America are more than happy to launch an all out barrage on their liver in the name of these foreign celebrations.
Answer: People will celebrate literally any holiday that allows them an excuse to drink themselves into oblivion. If a person were to introduce an Arbor Day drinking tradition, a large number of people would become the biggest environmentalists since Teddy Roosevelt.
Someone should let the Arbor Day people know this. It would seriously raise their holiday profile.
- Cinco de Mayo History Short on Beer, Long on Bloodshed (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- Happy Cinco De Mayo (everydayisarunway.wordpress.com)