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International years

As all our attention is focused on bidding farewell to the International Year of the Potato—long will I cherish the memory of the celebrations in Trafalgar Square and the lingering smell of the debris left by those magnificent potato fireworks—it’s only right that we pause to reflect on what else this has been the International Year Of.

2008 is, according to the UN, the International Year of Sanitation, the International Year of Languages and the International Year of Planet Earth—a bit of a coup for all three entities, none of which have looked back since. It is the second International Year of the Reef, while the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA) declared it to be the International Year of the Frog.

Looking ahead, the UN has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy. The General Assembly has also pronounced 2009 both the International Year of Reconciliation and, “noting that the diverse range of natural fibres produced in many countries provides an important source of income for farmers and can thus play an important role in improving food security, eradicating poverty and contributing to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals”, the International Year of Natural Fibres. 2009 has been designated by the Let Sharks Live network as the International Year of the Shark, while according to the American Guild of Organists 2008-09 is the International Year of the Organ. More International Year Ofs as we get them.

Talking of festivities, I can’t quite put my finger on it but something’s bothering me about the list on this webpage of “Holidays in England”:
January 24-26      Lunar New Year
February 28Peace Memorial Day
March 29 Youth Day
April 4Women and Children's Day
June 25Dragon Boat Festival
September 28Confucius Birthday
October 1Mid Autumn Festival
October 10National Day
October 25Retrocession Day
October 31Chian Kai-Shek’s Birthday
November 12 Sun Yat-Sen’s Birthday
December 25 Constitution Day


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 10th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Ooo! Sir! Sir! Me, sir! Me!

It's that we don't have a written constitution, isn't it?

*pink cheeked misplaced pride*
Dec. 10th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
This UN meddling has to stop. We should only celebrate a Year of Planet Earth at the national level.
Dec. 10th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Is it that "Confucius Birthday" should have an apostrophe?
Dec. 11th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
It's well known that the Taiwanese love to celebrate when one reinsurance company insures another reinsurance company by accepting business that the other company had agreed to underwrite. Isn't it.
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