St Patrick’s Day is this weekend. In my ethnic array, which some people call Heinz 57, I have a little Irish Heritage. Like most Americans, I think of St Patrick’s Day as “Wear green, Irish Drinking Day”. I must admit, although it’s embarrassing to say out loud, until today I never knew what the holiday was for. From what I’ve found out, the day remembers a Catholic martyr-made-saint; Patrick. The holiday occurs during lent and is a meat free feast and celebration. The American adaptation of this holiday is known as cultural diffusion. This happens when one culture adopts a custom, holiday, whatever from another and make it their own. When Catholic missionaries went to the Caribbean they decided to reach the native people where they are at. They made all of the local gods saints and Santeria was born. It’s basically Christian Voodoo where Hail Mary prayers and shrunken heads are equally important. There are other cultural diffusion that are much more delicious (some would argue that St Patrick’s day and Cajun cooking are equally delicious in their own right.) Have you ever had Chinese Fried Chicken, Korean BBQ, or Southwestern Egg Rolls? Great things can come from mixing cultures. I should know – my father is Chinese and my mother is from the south. Delish!