I went to the Irish festival downtown Indianapolis for this intercultural experience. I had a great time walking around listening to the music and enjoying the Irish culture.
One barrier that I had was the religious barrier. As a child I was always told that being a Christian was so much different than being a Catholic. I never was around any Catholic people in my youth. I overcame this by going with an open mind and assuming that this was not really a religious oriented festival. The other barrier that I had was lack of wanting to learn about other cultures. To improve on this I read several article online about the Irish before going to the
festival, I at least felt like I had a better idea about their culture.
As soon as I entered, the biggest thing that I noticed was the fact that the Irish sure do enjoy their alcohol. In fact while I was standing in line to get tickets, a man in a kilt (obviously Irish) was talking to me. He asked me, “do you know the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral” and I told him “no I did not,” and his reply was “one less drunk.” This was a funny joke to me, but it was really funny to him.
As I walked around I tried to capture everything taking it all in. I watched the people; you could always tell a true Irish person. They were the ones wearing all green or kilts usually. Everyone seemed to be having a great time enjoying good music, food, and alcohol. I walked to several of the vendor booths. I didn’t feel that I was learning a lot in these booths, all these booths was about selling Irish items. The only thing that I did see that I never really realized before was some of the obvious last names Irish people have; O’Keefe, O’Leary, O’Hara.
After leaving the vendor booths, I walked over to another booth that had poster boards with Irish information on them. I started to read and found it interesting that about every other poster board had mentioned the...