February 20, 2010

What Did I Tell You?

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.

I challenge anyone living in Holland to tell me that they knew that. But we’re having (yet another) day off. That totals to 18 public holidays. Versus 9 in Holland. You don’t hear me complain.


Ms. M said...

I am not religious AT ALL but I knew that from art history classes. Well, yay for another day off!?

Anonymous said...

Greece does. It's a national holiday, March 25th. And trust me when I say, Greece is not as religious as Lebanon is.


Anonymous said...

> 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,

Regardless of how religious the nation you are from may be, you really couldn't figure out right away what event would have involved Mary 9 months before the date that she allegedly gave birth??

Anonymous said...

Now wait, this was an immaculate conception. Joseph had no part in this, and Mary didn't know. So maybe there weren't 9 months left when she was told?

Anita said...

Even a not religious person like me, well I was raised protestant, figured that one out ;-)
I think you and me have a celebration around that time in March too!

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Marillionlb said...

If my informtion is correct, this campaign was started by a person at the Jesuite school "Jamhou", and has been trying to get it to pass through government for a while now.