Friday, May 11, 2018

Home for Holidays...in May

The month of May is chock full of holidays here in Kanton Zug, many of which are Catholic based.

We were home both yesterday and today for the feast of Ascension.
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It is actually Ascension Thursday, but most schools and businesses get Friday off as well. The Ascension is the 40th day of Easter that commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven 39 days after resurrection on Easter Sunday. This is actually a National holiday here in Switzerland and 30+ countries! Non-Catholics get the day off as well - yippee!

On Sunday we share the holiday of Mother's Day. A special shout out to my incomparable mom:
 










On Monday, May 21 we will be home for the holiday of Whit Monday.
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Whit Monday (also known as Pentecost) is another Catholic holiday that the Swiss and another 30+ countries celebrate - yay! This holiday commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles. It marks the end of the Easter cycle.

On Thursday, May 31 we will be home for the holiday of Corpus Christi.
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Corpus Christi is another Catholic holiday celebrated by almost 20 countries...including Switzerland! Yippee! It is a festival celebrated on the second Thursday after Whit Monday. Corpus Christi means the Body of Christ and refers to the elements of the Eucharist also called the Holy Communion, Last Supper, or Lord's Supper.

In June, Father's Day comes early to Switzerland! We will celebrate Joe on June 3rd, leaving June 17 open to celebrate our wedding anniversary. 😍











Today's poem is dedicated to my Mom. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. Cheers!

You were "Mommy"
when I was tiny.
You loved me
though I was whiny.

Then you became "Mom"
as I got older.
I rolled my eyes
and shrugged my shoulder.

Your love for me
was still there
despite my hormones
and teenage-death-stare.

Then you became "Patzy"
when I married Joe.
Enduring his flatulence -
you go with the flow.

Now you're "Grandma"
to my two daughters.
You've loved them
before they were talkers.

I love you, Mom,
you are the best.
Because you are my Mom
I feel blessed.

©2018, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

9 comments:

  1. So much to celebrate! Happy mother's day to your mom and to you.

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    1. Thank you, Liz! I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day - you deserve it. =)

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  2. You have a busy month ahead.

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    1. We do indeed, Ginn. Lots of fun stuff to do on our 'bonus' holidays. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. =)

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  3. Happily holidays! Enjoy the time off work.

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    1. Thanks, Jeanette! We have a trip to Munich planned for one of these long weekends. =)

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  4. Wow, lots of holiday times for celebrating, Bridget. Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom. Enjoy a new adventure in your new home.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Happy Mother's Day to you, too. Everyday feels like an adventure here for the sheer fact I don't know what people are saying 80% of the time. ;)

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  5. Interesting how they moved Pentecost to Whit Monday so they could have a holy day off. Very clever people.

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