St. Annual Rituals
How do you view “St. Annual Rituals?”
This past weekend marked the close of the 105th Annual St. Ann’s Festival in Hoboken. You can see photos of the “attend, rinse, repeat” tradition below.
I can see “back in the day,” before the industrial revolution and fast, easy transportation – that having some kind of regular event to mix things up in your “village” might have been warranted. Perhaps as a cure for boredom, or a way for larger groups of people to co-mingle simultaneously, be entertained, or learn something new.
Today? I would think having all the modern tools at your disposal (planes, trains and automobiles) – that it’s only human to become “burnt out” stuck in the same routines year after year.
I know some people that get “excited” each time some annual event comes through town (arts festival, you name it). But how is that possible? Most of these festivals are essentially identical. Following the exact cookie-cutter type model, vendors and food options. Don’t they see that?
Which is why when perusing our options to fill our spare time – we typically try to go (way) outside the box, even if that means putting a little effort into traveling. There are other types of festivals or feasts all over the place – that can be profoundly different – although they may look similar upon first glance. And when you find a new place – it does not feel like “rinse, repeat.” And it doesn’t have to be an organized event either. Each weekend, pick a place you’ve never been to and just go there!
Perhaps not everyone can step outside their comfort zone, and this is all they need. Or maybe it’s a family tradition followed for generations. To each their own.
But there is a giant world out there – and part of the fun is real, organic, (non-digital) discovery and adventure – which quite sadly most people have lost touch with. (Part of the reason why I chose not to mention these other great finds – you gotta discover them on your own!)
But what path you take is entirely up to you!