Ploughing Day, how come it’s a holiday?
As I was doing some research for work, my Japanese boss walked over to my desk with a table calendar in his hand. He was asking what holiday it is on Wednesday (11 May) as he realized that we have so many days of holidays this month … no one had any breaklast week though, half of us were in Chiangmai and the other half were in Phi Phi. And the whole office were on called all weekend as well. Anyway, I said to him that it’s a Ploughing day, actually it’s royal ploughing day
He probably never heard of it before, so after a long explanation in English, I had to do another translation in my broken Japanese…So 20 minutes of serious discussion he finally said..
“Why it’s a holiday?”
Well.. I don’t want go into details of the history of the ploughing day so I simply said, “Well, it is just a ceremony that symbolized the start of the sowing period, and because the King also involved in the ceremony, it’s believed to bring farmers good harvests”
He nodded simultaniously and went uuh and ahh.. as if he understood what I said, then went quiet for a while before saying
“But how come it’s a holiday?” he was really curious
That’s what I also don’t know. All I know is I deserve a holiday!