Arthur Guinness Day?

6 Oct

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Authur Guinness Day is a holiday that was established in 2009 and is marked as a national drinking day. This was never a holiday that was seen as traditional by the Irish people, but for some reason a lot of people seem to follow it. All over the world, people think that Guinness Day gives them the license to go out and get intoxicated simply because everyone in Ireland is doing it. Although it is a fun experience, it takes away from the Irish culture and is more of a way for beer companies to make money. This seems to be a 21st century issue all over the world. For example, in the United States, there are plenty of Muslim, and Jewish parents who still buy their children Christmas gifts on the 25th of December just so that there children can fit in when they go to school. Isn’t it the cultural differences that make people interesting? Instead of people conforming to one type of culture, it makes the world much more intriguing when people do things differently, and when there are special things that are custom to different regions. The Irish people are known for a lot more than just their beer. Ireland is full of culture and customs that are specific to this region of the world. 

On the other hand, people often forget that Guinness is a huge company. It is seen as a business before anything else. Just because there is a holiday named after a famous beer does not mean it is wholesome. I believe that most of the reasoning behind Arthur Guinness Day is not to celebrate him, but to make capital for the company. Although I must admit it is a hugely smart marketing tactic, it really does take away from what a true tradition is. 

Overall, people need to keep in mind what they are truly participating in. Sometimes things are not what they seem to be. You should be able to go out and get a Guinness any day of the year that you want, not when come company says that its okay. 

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