Why today feels like Saturday

Today is Waitangi Day.
Think of it kind of like the US "Independence Day" - except we are still part of the commonwealth, and our land wars occurred AFTER the signing of this document.  (I don't get it either, even though History was one of my best subjects at school).
On the 6th of February 1840, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs signed The Treaty of Waitangi.  This is our founding document.
Because of this, since 1974 we have had a public holiday on Waitangi Day.
Waitangi Day holds different significance to different people.  To some, it's a day of cultural celebrations, and a chance to collectively grieve over some of the wrongs the Government (through the Crown) has committed.  To others, it's a chance to catch up on sleep, or head away for one last summer jaunt.
For me, it's a chance to be thankful that I live in the best country in the world.

(And here is a cheeky meme to support that, please take it in the humour it was intended! As you know, if you've been following for a while, I would LOVE to live in America!!)
And so that is why, this Thursday evening as I prepare for bed, I have to set extra alarms, so that I don't sleep in tomorrow, thinking that it is Sunday.  It is why I have to keep reminding myself that I still have to get through Friday before the weekend.  It is also why I will probably wear my church clothes to school tomorrow.

4 comments

  1. I am told New Zealand is beautiful! It is on my bucket list of places to see - someday...
    Maria

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    1. If you ever make it here, let me know! I'd love to play tour guide :)
      Erin

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  2. Me too! I would love to visit New Zealand. I've heard such great things!

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    1. Oh you so should!! I'll show you round if you come. Ps do you get an email saying I've replied to this, or do I need to actually email you to reply.
      Erin

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