On St. Patrick’s Day last Monday, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of students who didn’t wear green.
When I asked a couple of them why they didn’t wear green, the majority told me it’s because they aren’t Irish, or they think St. Patrick’s Day is stupid. I was also told that I have no right to be so excited about the holiday because I’m not Irish.
Not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day and telling other people that they shouldn’t celebrate bares a strong resemblance to going to a restaurant and canceling someone else’s order of cake because you’re on a diet.
As long as I can remember, I have been told that it is a requirement to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. If I didn’t wear green, the consequences included pinching and bad luck from leprechauns. Those are the rules on March 17.
I remember in kindergarten when my teacher gave out candy to the children who wore green. Last year, I wore a green light-up necklace to show my enthusiasm. However, this year I was disappointed to see so many students bringing down the fun with insults and refusal to follow St. Patrick’s Day rules.
Even if someone doesn’t celebrate the holiday, other people do. If you don’t wear green and you tell the people who do that if they pinch you then you’ll hit them, then you are preventing those who do from celebrating. You are canceling their cake order, so to speak.
The phrase “you only live once” is popular, considering it isn’t quite understood. We humans, no matter what our beliefs are about the afterlife, have only one life. Why not celebrate it whenever we get the chance?
If someone wants to sing Christmas carols in November, why deprive them of that joy? If a grown man feels like wearing a pumpkin costume on Halloween night, well, who decided that dressing up is only for children?
If people don’t wear green on March 17, they should prepare themselves for the consequences, because they have no say in how other people celebrate a day that makes them happy.
Alisa Patience is a sophomore at Tooele High School.