| December 25 western-centric??? || Dec 26, 2005 |
December 25 is a national holiday in the following countries:
Albania, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbadua, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroes Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See (Vatican), Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philipines, Pitcairn Islands, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States of America, Vanuatu, Venezuela, US Virgin Islands, Wallis and Futuna, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Kirill, I note Ukraine is conspicuously absent from this list, but I stand by my comment that Dec. 25 is probably the most widely observed public holiday in the world.
Please have a good look through that list - can you honestly call Dec. 25 a "western-centric" holiday?
The purpose of the poll is to see how many translators are working on this widely-observed holiday. The fact the holiday is widely (albeit not universally) observed, is what makes the date interesting from the point of view of this poll - this interest is not religious or western centric. We might well address a similar poll asking translators in Middle Eastern countries if they worked on Eid.
Another good candidate date for this kind of poll would be new year (Jan 1) - unfortunately, the next one is again on a Sunday (a widely, but certainly not globally-observed day of rest).
[Edited at 2005-12-26 19:58]
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