According to my calendar, today is Melbourne Cup Day. A quick search on the internet revealed that this has something to do with a horse race.
Given that there are so many Aussies on this board, let me be the first to say happy Melbourne Cup Day, though it already is tomorrow there and thus I missed my chance to wish it on the actual day.
So, is Melbourne Cup day really a big deal? I mean, it's on my calendar which means that the publish of said calendar must have thought it was. And what does one do to celebrate Melbourne Cup day.
It's the biggest horse race in Australia - and at least one of the biggest in the world.
In Melbourne it is actually a public holiday as well and part of a whole week of horse racing, known as the Spring Racing Carnival - lots of fashion, betting and craziness going on. Yesterday was real crappy weather though- it started off nice, but by the end of the day, it turned quite stormy. All those people dressed up with funny feathery hats, etc.. were in for some fun. Luckily I spent most of the day inside
Here's an article in The Age about it - there's some pics if you're interested.. it largely is about the fashion and if people only bet once a year, it will be for the Melbourne Cup.
I read on yahoo "oddly enough" that some people glued up the locks of 25 betting shops in melbourne the night before and locksmiths had to rush out to get them open that morning. Its a bit like the grand national here then (England).
Okay, kind of like the Kentucky Derby in U.S.A. or the Queen's Plate in Canada. However, in true North-American-capitalist-never-miss-a-minute-of-work spirit, we hold those on the weekend so nobody gets a day off.
I actually did some work for a horse racing enterprise back a bit. Quite an interesting business really.