If you know me, you know I love St. Patrick's Day. Hard. And I'm sure you can guess that it is hard to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in China. They know nothing about this holiday. So, they probably don't even consider it a real holiday.....but, you know, a lot of people in America don't consider it a real holiday either. (Some of those same people believe in Valentines Day.....so, they are fired.)
This year, I tried to teach my classes some of the history about the holiday. That didn't go over well. You know how I love history? You know how I love presentations?
Yeah........they don't like my presentations in China. They say I'm too hard to understand when I really get into it.........*le sigh*
You are lucky, you get the short version -
I taught them that he was born in England. When he was 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland....it was bad....he escaped. He joined the church and became a priest. He went back to Ireland and "saved them." He died on March 17th. I gave them the year 461, but truth is....depending on where you look.......the date of his death changes. (I didn't try to explain that though.......)
I told them about traditions, when it became a holiday, who it became a holiday for.......then we played some games.
Only one student asked me why (an adult student). And I had to think about it for a minute. So, this is what I told him:
"I love the Irish part of my heritage. I always have and I always will. There is green in my blood. But, also, I love St. Patrick's Day because it doesn't change. In my life, the meaning of things seems to shift. Christmas was about Jesus and became about Santa. Easter was about Jesus and became about......I'm not sure. Thanksgiving was about coming together as a family and sharing your thankful stories, but now....I'm lucky if I get to be with one family member. I don't like these changes. They don't, I don't know how to say it, sit well with me? So, in my life, the world seems to change things. And this holiday, St. Patrick's Day, has always stayed the same for me. St. Patrick shared goodness and light with Ireland. I want to share goodness and green with my loved ones. Does that make sense?"
Luckily for me, my student said he knew exactly what I was talking about. He even gave me a few examples of how Chinese holidays have changed for him as well.
I'm about to start rambling. So, let me wrap it up and wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day. I hope you had a lot of green and a lot of goodness.