Okay, I'm not Irish, I'll admit it. Each year when I wake up on St. Patrick's Day, I don't bounce out of bed thinking about it or about fields of four-leafed clovers. Of course, then I arrive at my exercise class and, duh, everyone is always wearing green and all of our routines for the day are Irish jigs.
The problem, of course, is that I'm a different kind of Ish - Jewish. There are several differences between being Irish and Jewish. Here's a short list of the Irish terms on the left with their Jewish equivalents on the right.
Tiny Leprechauns =Shrunken Elderly relatives
Green Beer = Mogen David Wine
Green cookies = Matzah
Corned Beef and Cabbage = Corned Beef on Rye
Gaelic = Yiddish
Jaunty caps = Yarmulke
Red Hair = No Hair
Dancing a Jig = Dancing the Hora
Pot 'O Gold at the End of the Rainbow = Pot 'O Gold in the Bank
Not surprisingly, there's no Jewish equivalent for "The Luck of the Irish."
It's just a different kind of Ish.
Got any Irish equivalents from your culture or religion? Does your life sometimes feel like it runs on a different calendar than the rest of the world? Do you do a big celebration for St. Patrick's Day or not?