the absurd observers

Saturday, February 19, 2005

I love when people lament that we, as a society, have forgotten the meaning behind many of our holidays. The most cliched of criticisms sound like these: "Thanksgiving should be about love ones and not football or taking a nap." "Christmas is a religious holiday and not about presents." "Groundhog Day is about an animal and not the line: 'Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"'? "

But frankly, these varied interpretations of the meanings behind holidays are only slightly different from each other if we compare our society to some others.

Take, for instance, Democracy Day in Nepal:

Authorities cut off phone lines and banned buses and other cheap public
transport for much of Friday. Media censorship also continues.
The reports of detained protesters were difficult to verify because of the
communications blackout.
Earlier this week, the spokesman for the Nepali Congress Party was detained after he had urged people to launch a peaceful struggle on Friday to restore democracy.


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