Monday, July 20, 2009

Día del Amigo

Today is Friend Day in Argentina... so Happy Friend Day, friends! I adore the idea of a Friend Day, and apparently so do the Argentines. It's a very popular holiday here, so popular, in fact, that supposedly the restaurants and bars all fill up, you can't get a reservation anywhere, and the cell phone companies become so overburdened that it can take hours to get a message through. Now that's what I call a holiday!

Also, according to the locals, Friend Day was chosen to be celebrated on July 20th because it is also the day we crazy humans first landed on the moon back in '69. The ironic thing about this for me, of course, is that it was an American who first made it to the moon, and yet it is the Argentines who appear to be celebrating it. Huh.

I vote that we start a Friend Day in the United States, only it seems fitting that we should celebrate it on one of Argentina's obscure holidays... personally I vote for December 8th, aka Immaculate Conception Day (Día de la Inmaculada Concepción). Yes, Immaculate Conception Day, indeed. Because nothing says "friends" like unwanted pregnancy.


heather said...

i vote for dec 8 too, billy's birthday, but hmmmm, not sure immaculate conception was the reason.