A worker like me would leap for joy when holidays come in the midst of excessive tasks and overloads. Being free from work is what I anticipate today and tomorrow, and even in the weekend, despite the fact that I have plenty of paperworks to be done this whole month of May. But as of this moment, I am in a holiday mood to blog and forget about those loads of work. Anyhow, I can do whatever I want to make the most of the holiday and suffer later.
Yesterday was actually the start of the holiday for most schools and offices cos it’s Walpurgis Night or Valborgsmässoafton in Swedish. The name suggests celebrating it in the night but many are doing it in the late afternoon. The highlight of the celebration is to light large bonfires while people gather around and sing songs of spring. It is believed to be the beginning of springtime, casting away winter paraphernalias and the likes. According to ancient times, the purpose of the bonfire is to keep away the dead and chaotic spirits’ presence among the living. Awooo!
Alongside the Walpurgis Night is the annual cortége by the students of the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. The carnival parade makes its way through the city centre in the eyes of the spectators around. This explained why the traffic was directed to a different route while I was on my home yesterday, though. I can’t stand with large crowd so I passed watching the parade.
International Workers Day or May Day or Labour Day is a significant day for all the workers in the world. There must be a massive street rallies and demonstrations going on today so I prefer to stay at home for this reason. Besides, I don’t know what I should be rallying for. 🙂