Saturday, April 27, 2013
Quote of the Day: Today's a holiday? What holiday? -- Me
Yesterday was a national holiday complete with a parade downtown. It celebrates the union of the country of Tanganyika with the island kingdom of Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania. It is sort of like the Fourth of July, except that it isn't. The banks, schools, and government offices close, but generally life goes on as before. There are no greeting cards, no floral offerings, no sales in the shops, and no commercialism at all. In fact, because of that, there is no advance warning that the holiday is coming up. In the U.S., you have lots of help remembering when holidays arrive because of all the hoopla and commercialism, so in some ways (just in some ways) I kinda miss that. In the U.S., you always know where you are in the year because of the seasons and holidays that occur every single month with lots of hype before and sometimes after. Here, the weather stays the same year round and there is no hype before any holidays, including Christmas and Easter. The holiday yesterday caught us by surprise because no students showed up for the schools (also no teachers which should have been a clue). I bet there are few Americans who are ever surprised by a holiday showing up like I was yesterday. Ah well, live and learn, as they say.