“Smile…it makes people wonder what you’re up to.” ― Jill Shalvis, Simply Irresistible
MLK Jr Day – Well I spent almost half of Saturday figuring out what that could be. In my defence, I didn’t feel very well, because if I had, ‘Google’ would have certainly be my first thought. So, late afternoon I found out the other foxes and the hound were talking about Martin Luther King Jr. Holy moly, how hard can they make it for their foreign co-blogger. I obviously have heard about MLK, I mean who hasn’t, but to write a blog? Then I wondered whether we have something like that in Australia or Germany. Thinking thinking thinking … there’s Queen’s birthday in June. Which is kinda funny, because her actual birthday, as everyone knows, is in April. But the weather is better in June, right ? But none in Germany. Hmm.
Back to Martin Luther King and my crash course in this special day. It’s a floating holiday the third Monday in January – which for 2013 is today! Well thanks to the foxes/hound for letting me blog on this very special day! This holiday is still a bit of a newbie and has only been around since 1986 thanks to Ronald Reagan.
Australia meanwhile is preparing for Australia Day on Saturday (26th Jan!). Coming from a country where national pride was subdued until recently, the “national” day was really just a day off – 17th June until the 1990s, which then moved to 3rd October – the re-unification Day. Australia Day here is brilliant. It commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia. And Australians know how to celebrate. People go out for concerts, local events, or the popular BBQs. There’s also the citizenship ceremonies and Australian of the year announcement. And then there’s the big fireworks at night. Busy busy busy! I like the way Australians embrace their heritage and celebrate this special day with all their heart.
So my lovelies out there, do tell me how you spend your Australia Day or MLK Jr Day ! And have a good one.