Essay — Good Vibes

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The other day while organizing a St. Paddy’s Day party for one of the groups I belong to, I said, “Remember to wear something green.”

That prompted a response of, “Why? I’m not Irish.”

Which brought up the old cliché, Everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day–and made me wonder how much more peaceful the world would be if we could all get in harmony with each other.

To start the ball rolling, I searched for a list of international celebrations. Unfortunately, Coming of Age Day for everybody twenty or over, the Festival of Colors in India, and Chinese New Year happened earlier this year.

But there’s still time to become Thai and enjoy Songkran, a water-fight fest that falls in April, and Midsummer’s Eve, celebrated by everyone who’s feeling like a Swede, a Fin, or a Russian, and includes dancing around a maypole.

July turns us into Canadians for Canada Day. In August, we have Women’s Day in South Africa. September and October lets us morph into Germans to celebrate Oktoberfest and, later, Chinese to attend the Moon Festival.

There are many more holidays that would allow us to be global accord ambassadors, including Daylight Saving Time.

Though spring forward isn’t really a holiday, almost seventy countries already observe the event. If the occasion included International Pillow Fight Day – Wow!

Can you imagine everyone springing forward while covered in a cloud of feathers? There would be no quarreling, squabbling or thoughts of war.

Only good vibes would fill the air.

Just like on St. Paddy’s Day.


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