Originally posted by Subcomandante
When the Scots celebrate St. Andrews day, we have a good time about it, because we don't just celebrate St.Andrew, we celebrate everytime Scotland
has won and been proud to be Scottish, be that William Wallace or World Cup 1977.
That paragraph is key. Similar attitude in Texas. And a heck of a lot of scots in the Anglo population. Here, the traditional music is a meeting of
scottish (without pipes) and German oompah. The Germans ran the music, but everybody's favorite dance is the "schottishe" ---now blandly called
the texas two-step.
But your paragraph is exactly right. In the US, a lot of trailer-park types may not really feel that much actual patriotism, but they love barbeque
and fireworks, and a chance to buy beer in bulk, and show up for work hungover the next day.
If you say "fourth of july" where I work, you'll hear people already planning their parties in mid april.
Another factor for the 4th is that it is practically the only national holiday (no work) during the summer. So although most workers get a vacation
in Summer, they don't all get it the same weeks. So if you are gonna party with yer buds, it'll be on the fourth of.
Come to think of it, when most workers are allowed to pick their vacation dates, they cluster them around the 4th, to extend their time off by another
paid holiday. And it doesn't hurt that people sort of expect
you'll be getting loaded for it, and hungover after.
Even if Murka gets annexed by the NWO, hicks out in the trailer park will still be getting drunk and setting off explosives on the 4th, regardless of
what the UN says. I can just imagine peacekeepers trying to keep people from lighting sparklers on the 4th---there'd be shooting real quick. In
fact, when hicks forget to buy fireworks, they get out their guns and shoot them
in the air, a la Saddam. definitely rabble-rousing.
On the other hand, no one does anything but hoist the Stars and stripes on June 14 (flag day). Now JUNETEENTH (19th) is a Huge celebration in
African-american culture in Texas--the date that federal troops landed in galveston after the war and actually told the slaves they were free men.
That holiday fills the parks, and there are parades that interfere with traffic. I think every prince hall masonic lodge in the nation, even outside
of Texas, holds a parade that day.
Just like you said, it's what you make it.
Maybe the SCA should set up a jousting tournement on St. George's day, or you could have legalized dueling, but only on St. G's day or something.
PS. the 4th of july has lots of music for it; some showtune abotut "I'm a yankee doodle dandy, born on the fourth of july," and the national
anthem and whatnot.
Do they sing the UK national anthem at ballgames there?
Here you stand up and pay attention. Some professional athletes were shown talking through the "Oohsaycanyousee" years ago, and it pretty much
ended their careers on the spot.
[edit on 23-4-2007 by dr_strangecraft]