Thursday, December 01, 2005

Independence Day

Today, December the 1st, Portugal commemorates the national holiday consecrated to the restoration of independence. Notice that mostly we commemorate the national holiday (we love holidays) more than the restoration or the independence themselves.

But that's not all.

While Portugal commemorates the fact that it got rid of the Spanish...

...Spain commemorates the fact that it got rid of the Portuguese. :)

Some would perhaps venture that the fact that Spain has no holiday for it (though it actually got the better deal) is probably one of the reasons it is now much richer than Portugal...:)

Next month, on January the 1st, both countries commemorate the loss of their independence, with their peaceful anexation by the European Community in 1984.

It is sort of a christian thing, isn't it? Comemorating the death and ressurrection, only in this case we do it in reverse...

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