Tomorrow is Journalists’ Day in Guatemala. You might think it would be the same day to honor journalists all over the region. You’d be wrong.
Like Mother’s Day, which is set on different days in different countries, no nation around here seems to celebrate journalists on the same day. Mexico does so on Jan. 4, Nicaragua on March 1, Honduras on May 25, Costa Rica on May 30, and El Salvador on July 31.
None of them set the day to coincide with International Day of Solidarity of Journalists, which is on Sept. 8.
Reminds me of the confusion in our house over when to celebrate Mother’s Day. In Mexico, Mother’s Day is May 10. Stay home that day if there’s any way possible. The roads are jammed as every Tomas, Ricardo and Enrique takes his mother out for a meal. In the U.S., Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday of May. In Nicaragua, my wife’s land of birth, Mother’s Day is on May 30th.
When I mentioned the confusion to a friend about when to celebrate, he wisely said: “Every day is mother’s day.” Well put. May every day be journalists’ day as well.
Another mismatch is Labor Day. In some 80 countries of the world, Labor Day is May 1, also called International Workers Day, which commemorates the slaughter of workers in 1886 in Chicago who were protesting for an eight-hour work day. It may have occurred in the United States, but in the U.S. we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September.