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Lindas Column

Linda Monday is my day off work and I usually spend it alone. Not today though. Today the nation celebrates Whitsun! Well, the sun is out and so are my friends, a Wholly-day well spend! I have to admit I had no clue what Whitsun meant, but I was confident my friends would enlighten me. You can imagine my surprise when only a deafening silence followed my question.

“You mean the Whitsundays?” someone broke the ice.

“Ha-ha, no it’s a religious thing right?” another carefully suggested.

“I think it has something to do with that guy Jesus dying and resurrecting.

“Yes, but didn’t he stand up somewhere last week?”

“That’s right, on the Thursday after Eastern… I think”. “White wine for me, thanks”

“Listen” the next round stated on his way to the bar; “God knows what it all means. It’s a day off, that’s all that matters.”

“Right…” I was slightly overcome by our religious ignorance.

“Nobody knows then?”

“Look Lin”, my wine is now being handed to me, “We should just do like the English and call everything a Bank holiday.. ”

“Yeah, cause if the bank is closed, what can you do?!”

“Oh, forget about Whitsun. Let’s just cheer to this fucking beautiful day!”

Even though the conversation ended, I could not let it go. On Mothers day I dropped the question again. Thank God mum knows! Turns out it’s the day when ‘the burning tongs of the wholly spirits circled the apostles’ heads and Jesus appeared before them one last time’. ..”Impressive stuff”. Linda

On the way home I realize that most of the national holidays are like Whitsun; they have such ancient Christian origins and are so full of conventions. No wonder we are all clueless. Take liberation day, a pretty important event you would say. Only worth one holiday every five years. Or Labour Day; a perfect universal moment to consider ‘choice’, but just not ‘holi’ enough. Well, I can assure you there was nothing wholly about my holiday last month either! I say our national days are in desperate need of new meaning! Jews and the Islamic don’t have Christmas breaks and even Queensday is not the Queens’ birthday! We should go on holiday strike in the name of religious freedom and atheism. I know it will take a lot of energy, but we can do this. After that we can all go on a long and well-deserved holiday…I mean, off day hmm notworkday…chillday? Oh forget it!