the blasts, the fallout, the sickness and the diar[y]hoea

A Day In The Life Of…..

This is a post that I want to try to do each day, if possible. That remains to be seen but I will try.

You know in an abstract way that while you are sat watching TV or getting ready for bed or buying your lunch from the supermarket that other people are doing their own things. But it’s an ignored knowledge that sits in the hind brain minding it’s own business until something makes you think of it. It’s nothing remarkable as a rule that makes you think of it, you just wake up to the fact that it’s a big world out there and you are a very small part of it. Today I was looking at my blog page and saw the flags of the countries my visitors have come from and all the dots on the map and suddenly I thought of all those nameless folk out there going about their foreign business and I wondered what their day was going to be like. Of course I can’t find that out unless you all tell me but I could and did find out that some people are celebrating things today. For me it’s just plain old May 15th, a regular average Tuesday…

…but for Paraguayans it is their Independence Day. Today marks their overthrow of Spain and the beginning of a long and very bloody road to democracy.

In Cambodia it is the King’s birthday. Today is one of 3 days that they celebrate.

In Spain it is the biggest fiesta for Madrid celebrating San Isidro, patron saint of labourers and peasants and of Madrid itself. Today is the day the people of Madrid are to dress up in their most dapper gear and make a pilgrimage to the meadow of San Isidro. There are food stalls, bands and music from bagpipes to rock concerts. The whole holiday ends today with a big public cookout. In total the celebration lasts for 9 days! San Isidro is also celebrated today in Chile, Peru and the Phillipines with Mass and processions and festivals.

In Korea today is Teachers Day, where teachers and students enjoy a shorter day and the students bring their teachers carnations and ex-students visit their teachers with gifts. Indeed many schools closed completely to mark this day.

In the US, today is Peace Officers Day, part of Police week. May 15th was marked as a national day to honour law enforcement officers by JFK on October 1 1961.

In Palestine May 15th is darker. It is Nakba Day commemorating the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and what the Palestinians call al-nakba (the catastrophe). An estimated 700 000 Palestinians fled or were made to leave following the start of the Arab-Israeli war that began after Israels creation. Most of them were not allowed to return to their homes after the wars end. Each Nakba Day is marked by protests that often lead to clashes between the Palestinians and Israeli Defence Force.

In history May 15th was a Roman celebration known as Mercuralia or the Festival of Mercury. Mercury was the god of merchants and commerce. Merchants would sprinkle their heads, their ships and merchandise, and their businesses with water taken from the well at Porta Capena.

An unfortunate day for Americans and most of western Europe also. May 15th saw the founding of McDonalds in 1940 by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald.

So if you are or have taken part in any of those things then let me know. I have spent a dull day doing little but Work/Hell stuff while you have had a great day (hopefully). I have found the small amount of research I did for this post very interesting.

Anyone who had a day like mine I’m sorry, I hope this post helps out a little. If it’s your birthday today…Happy Birthday… what did you get?


2 Responses to “A Day In The Life Of…..”

  1. This is a fun idea. I had no idea that it is Police Officer week or Peace Officers Day. See, you are performing a public service.

  2. 🙂
    Glad I could help. I thought it was a good idea too.

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