Didn’t I tell you we love a celebration? Any celebration? Any excuse not to have to go to work? Well, we just got another one: March 25 had been voted as a day off!
Cabinet decided to make March 25 a national holiday to celebrate the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The decision was taken during a Cabinet meeting on Thursday held under Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Grand Serail. "Virgin Mary concerns both Muslims as Christians in the Qoran and the Bible, and this day must be on a joint holiday," Hariri told Cabinet ministers, who promptly agreed. (Source)
Can you tell me what christian country still celebrates this day as a national holiday. In this day and age? Anyone? Spain maybe? Or Portugal? Vatican City? Maybe? No, I just checked. Even Vatican City doesn't celebrate this one. But we, holier than though, do.
I know the assumption is celebrated in France, on August the 15th. That’s when Maria(supposedly) went to heaven. But what is the annunciation? Well, as I am from Holland, I had to look that one up, being from a not very religious nation, that is. I was clueless as to what happened on annunciation. Well, it is the moment that Maria announced she is pregnant. Or to be more correct, the moment where the angel Gabriel tells her she is going to have a baby.