Sunday, December 26, 2004

Boxing Day

Today is Boxing Day, which is celebrated in English-speaking Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada, and Britain.

An explanation of Boxing Day is provided by Wikipedia.
There is much dispute over the true origins of Boxing Day, but one common story of the holiday's origins is that servants used to receive Christmas gifts from their employers on the first weekday after Christmas, usually December 26, after the family celebrations. These were generally called their Christmas boxes. Another story is that this is the day that priests broke open the collection boxes and distributed the money to the poor.

Today a terrible disaster happened in Indonesia, an earthquake which measured 8.9 on the Richter scale which also resulted in tsunamis across parts of Thailand, India, and Sri Lanka. Many loss of human lives resulted.

I can't speak for the other places, but my human informed me that in Phuket, an island in the Andaman Sea which is part of Thailand, many stray cats and dogs live in the resort towns such as Patong by the beach. Most of the animals who sensed the quake before the tsunami will have fled further inland, but many will have died along with humans who were swept off to sea by the tidal wave.

Thailand is also a Buddhist country (euthanising stray cats and dogs is contrary to Buddhism). Hopefully the poor cats and dogs will return in a better life.

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