Americans will adopt any holiday that gives them an excuse to drink beer. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least three of them.
Groundhog Day used to be celebrated by a select group of people and remains an official holiday in one state. But when February 2 rolls around, everyone is suddenly Pennsylvania Dutch and drinking Yuengling to celebrate the waking of a native rodent.
St. Patrick’s Day has always been celebrated by the Irish in America, but now on March 17, everyone wears green, is Irish and guzzles the Guinness, which for some bizarre reason the bars dye green.
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday celebrating a local militia’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. We celebrate it by downing copious quantities of Mexican beer at your local Mexican restaurant.
And let’s not forget the granddaddy of all beer events, Oktoberfest. This Bavarian celebration has been known to run from late September through early November in some states.
I am aware that Americans drink beer at other holidays, but these in particular seem to especially feature the beverage. Anyone know of a Japanese holiday we could adopt?