Such an unusual holiday piqued my interest and I wondered what other strange Feast Days might be lurking. Off I went to Google only to find they hadn’t honored laundresses with a banner. Merde! Someone at Google will be washing their own grundies.
If French St. Martin is searching for more holidays or Feast Days to celebrate, I suggest the following:
England, as one expects from a country of nutters, has some grand Feast Days, for instance Pig-Face Day (aka Holy Cross Day). On Pig Face Day, villagers feast in the village hall after attending evensong at the Church of the Holy Cross, at Avening, and a medieval fair takes place. Celebrations of Pig-Face Day are said to be more muted now than in the past. Why? Because at the end of the 17th century a local cleric tried to suppress the event claiming it led to abuses and excesses in the village …
No worries about that happening on an island with so many different churches and denominations. They can’t agree on anything.
The Baby Jumping Festival (El Colacho)
Castrillo de Murcia, Spain
First staged in 1620, this strange event celebrating Corpus Christi sees grown men dressed as the Devil leaping over a row of babies lying in the street …
Substitute naked sunbathers for babies and the island is on to a winner!
Wife carrying championships
Participants in the wife carrying championships aim to win a relay race while carrying their wives. The winner receives his wife's weight in beer. Similar events have now sprung up around the world …
Having been carried home by my wife a few times; a slight change in the rules would make this a popular island event.
The Testicle Festival
Clinton, Montana, USA
Over 21’s only
Around 7,000 people attend the annual Testicle Festival at Rock Creek Lodge in Montana. This is a strictly adults-only affair, as although the festivities revolve around the theme of eating bull’s testicles, or ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters', visitors can expect oil wrestling, wet t-shirt competitions and lots of public nudity; 'No Panty Wednesday' sees punters receive a free drink in exchange for their underwear …
This is a shoe-in for Dutch St. Maarten and I wonder what is taking them so long!
The Radish Festival
In the 16th century, after radishes were brought to the Americas, vegetable sellers used to make sculptures of radishes to advertise in the markets. Since 1897 the custom has been celebrated with an annual festival, with the best sculptors awarded cash prizes …
Here’s one that would mesh perfectly with the Dutch Side Testicle Festival and offer local artists a chance to create and sell exotic/erotic sculptures to tourists, labeled: A Present from St. Maarten. T-shirts saying: 'My dad went to The Friendly Island and all I got was a Radish’, would follow.
If you have an idea for a new holiday or Feast Day that would promote St. Martin/St.Maarten and give us more time off, then please lobby your government officials. Their phone numbers are in the book.