I think multi-cultural celebrations are great and all, but there seems to be a pattern of observance in place that often has little to do with source holiday. They’re a little in danger of all looking like the same thing, just with a different flag pinned to the wall of the bar. It’s come to mind several times over the last several months, particularly as the nice weather has settled in, and I’ve noticed drunken twenty-somethings tottering around from bar to bar in some costumed getup, and for a while it seemed like it was a new holiday every weekend.
I’ve gotta admit, though– I’ve never seen anyone celebrate Canada day, even though I’ve lived next door to the country my whole life. Perhaps it’s a time of private, quiet observance for our Canadian-born and descended friends, who pass the day in introspective solitude. I don’t think I’ve seen any Hinamatsuri celebrations either, but I have to admit I’d be interested to see what would happen if that particular tradition collided with American bar culture.
And speaking of holidays, I see on my calendar that Ramadan begins today! I don’t think that one has been transformed into a drinking holiday yet, has it?