It is um, Buß- und Bettag, which, I don’t really know what that means. Wikipedia says it’s “Repentance Day” in English, but they don’t have anything more to say about it, apparently. It’s the Protestant Holiday here in Catholic Bavaria, yeah? I mean, there’s Saint-This and Maria-That and about 55 Catholic holidays per year, and the Protestants – DrBob refers to them as “the heretics,” mostly because that always makes me giggle – get one. He says it has to do with the fact that we get a whole week off for All Saints’ Day, but in Protestant Germany All Saints’ (November 1st) is Reformation Day, so they get that holiday anyway. Besides, Luther’s whole schtick was that these dang Catholics are having way too much fun, and people should work more and fie upon all these holidays, so wtf? If you want holidays, you shouldn’t have become a heretic.
Um, so yeah. I don’t actually know the background. All I know is that businesses are open and it’s a regular working day, but schools are closed. So, basically, just one more smackdown for mothers who want to work outside the home. Because they don’t get enough of that already.
Song du jour of the day: I Love Rock n’ Roll, by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.