Essay about Irish Cultural Topics

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Greeting is a handshake and a hello. Eye contact denotes trust and is maintained during a greeting. After the initial greeting, eye contact is less important. It is also customary to shake hands with older children and when leaving. When engaging with someone, it’s normal to stay an arm’s length away, touching occasional. High fives are common and they mean good job. A backwards “V” gesture is obscene.
Views of time are a little lax. No one is expected to be on time but if they will be more than 15 minutes late, they should call. Punctual people could be viewed as a bit odd.
The Irish do not really use gestures while conversing and are not comfortable with public displays of affection. They also do not like loud, arrogant, and aggressive
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Although the Celtic religion had a major influence long before the adoption of Christianity. There is no official church of Ireland and the Irish people have the freedom to choose their own religion. Music, dance, and storytelling is very popular in Ireland. Whether the Irish people live in the city or country, they maintain a vibrant and lovely folk culture. St. Patrick’s Day is especially important for the Irish, although it is not boisterous as it is celebrated in the United States. It is a religious holiday where simple prayers for peace are said. The Irish Pub is still very popular. It is a place where people gather to converse, tell stories, and tell jokes. Although Pub attendance declined in the 21st century when new laws were put into place.

Socio-Economic Status Social and economic class distinctions exist in Ireland. This is through educational and religious institutions, and their professions. The once powerful British and Anglo-Irish aristocracy are now small in number and have been replaced by the wealthy and famous in Irish society hierarchy. The different social classes are working class, middle class, and gentry. These depend on certain occupations, such as farmers, according to their size of landholding and capital. Although, there are different class groups, the social boundaries are indistinct. But the different classes are recognized by locals through dress, language, leisure activities, social networks, and occupation

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