I used to think (I avoid assuming because of the consequences) that the rest of the world followed the general contour of the seasons in the United States. Is that a consequence of American greatness and status as leader of the free world? Perhaps.
But now I am woke.
While still flying solo last night I viewed a documentary about beach resorts in Argentina, Balnearios. It was pretty good. It was more orchestrated than some documentaries, but provided a glimpse of Argentinian life that fascinates. I give it three stars. The cats are still voting.
One aspect that struck me was that summer there is our winter. Of course, since I spent time in Brazil a couple decades ago during the month of February, I knew that their summer matched our winter. But since I was teaching at a seminary and classes were in session (which they also seemed to be at the affiliated university), I had assumed that the school year below the equator lined up with ours in North America.
I saw vividly last night what this website confirms (by the way, I checked to see about South Africa and discovered they have four terms that run almost the entire year):
The school year in Argentina runs from March to December and lasts about 200 days. Schools are closed for national holidays, such as Good Friday and Easter, and two weeks in July for vacation. Normally, public elementary schools are in session four and a half hours each weekday. Saturdays are generally reserved for extracurricular school activities. Often, a school will have a morning and afternoon session, allowing pupils and teachers to choose their sessions. Some elementary schools offer evening classes for adults.
Imagine that. Stocking up on notebooks and pencils about the same time you are throwing out Christmas gift wrapping and determining this time really really to lose a few pounds.
What may even be harder to conceive is not having a Christmas recess from classes because the school year just ended.
Talk about American myopia.
Postscript: Ellen Marie Jones and Jay Glenn Hart were married on this day seventy-five years ago at Metropolitan Baptist Church (now Capitol Hill Baptist). Need to mention this here since in heaven, where they are, there’s no marriage and so likely no wedding anniversary celebrations.
6 thoughts on “Labor Day South of the Equator”
Some of your children will be effectually called. And some who are far off will be effectually called.
And some of you will have no children.
Call no man father, except your father in heaven.
Sometimes we only know about the first generation because of the second generation.
And sometimes we only know about the second generation because of the first generation—Jerry Falwell junior and Franklin Graham and Bob Jones the four….
But what can you tell us about the history of the marriages of your grandparents (on both sides?
Did you forget to mention that labor day south of the border is the same as labor day throughout the world except in the US:It is May1
Curt, just more evidence of American exceptionalism. Love it or leave.
Sorry to pop the exceptionalist balloon but Canada also celebrates Labour Day the first Monday of September and then sends her children back to school.
I have said that before too. Perhaps exceptionalism isn’t special as it’s made out to be.
Heather, O Canada!