I’m surely late to the party learning about this, but apparently there’s a movement to rename today’s holiday. And no, Massachusetts, not Evacuation Day – some would rather recognize March 17 as “Shamrock Day.”
I learned about it from Alamo City Pundit and caught it on some other blogs but, knowing how whisper-down-the-lane works, needed more information. Trouble is, for all the mentions I found of Shamrock Day – including from Hallmark and the Disney Channel – there wasn’t much in the way of explanation as to why the shift.
I finally found a short item in the Waco Tribune Herald which confirmed my hunch that “Shamrock Day” is favored by those who would rather not honor a religious figure, St. Patrick. They will, however, honor Irish Culture.
Here’s where it gets funny. St. Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland. Honoring Irish culture on a day named for St. Patrick is a recognition of the Roman Catholic tradition in Ireland. But so is wearing green; the green on the Irish flag represents the Catholic natives, while the orange represents Protestants. (Sidebar: if you’re wearing orange today in Boston, God help you.) And of course, the Shamrock has become the symbol of the day because of the legend that St. Patrick used it to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity as he was spreading Catholicism on the Emerald Isle.
In an attempt to expunge religious references from today’s holiday, the seekers of political correctness have replaced St. Patrick with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. I don’t like to push my religion on anyone, but this is like replacing Easter with “Cross Day” or Christmas with “Manger Day.” It certainly doesn’t do any more to promote inclusion – assuming the original name for the day was exclusionary to begin with.
Perhaps they had too much green beer?