Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales all have their saints, Andy, Geordie, Paddy and Davy, today is St. George's day and English people all over the world will be saying 'so what' that's how much it matters, the same goes for St. Andrew's day and St. David's day. St. Patrick's day by contrast rocks the whole planet, it is a phenomenon.
Numerous attempts have been made to 'crack' America with St. Andrew, now embarrassingly called tartan day or some such, it will be a failed
re-branding. St. David is a non event and now we have St. George's day I have my doubts about it's long term future, all of this begs the question, what has St. Patrick got that the others haven't got ? It is massive in Ireland, Britain, Australia and of course the USA. I have a crowd of friends who go to New York for St. Patrick's Day 18 guys all wearing green tartan kilts.
It's the worlds greatest party according to these guys and New Yorkers line up to have their photographs taken with the 18 kilties.
I think the most obvious reason for this success is Ireland's incredible history of turbulence and tragedy culminating in the 'famine' and mass immigration, mainly to America, Irish Australians got there by a different route that was no less tragic as many of them travelled in irons.
The 4 Saints are pretty old and have many legends about them, Dragons, Snakes and blue and white flags appearing in the Sky, ex Cllr. Bill Martin SNP told us the flag thing happened at a battle that Scotland was involved in, I swear to God he was serious, those old times must have been a great gas and no mistake, like a massive dose of the DT's. and wee green men talking away to you, and no doubt 'drink was taken'
The whole lot of it is of course a load of bulldung but, if it gives us the reason for a party, why not go with it, where's the harm? I wish I could get over my horror of flying to become kiltie number 19.
A Happy St. George's Day to the English and everyone else who wants to join in, this is the right way to celebrate diversity, party away and get along with your neighbours, as someone once said "if you must fight, fight with a friend"