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13 August 2004 @ 09:13 am
Greek Day?  
Does anyone know why Google is feeling Greek today?

Someone who knows religious studies better than I may be able to tell me: Is there something ironic that the day that Japan surrendered is Assumption?
Current Mood: Very, very random
puddlemizutamari on August 13th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
today is the first day of the Olympics in Athens.
Sandpanthersandpanther on August 13th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
*smacks self on head* D'oh!
Steffan Thomasrhylar on August 13th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
Assumption appears to be the day that Mary's body was taken into heaven after her death. (she died in front of the Apostles, but when the tomb was opened, the body was gone.)

I'm not seeing anything ironic regarding japan's surrender.
SnarkyLlamallamabitchyo on August 13th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
There's also the Assumption of Christ--which is observed by more than just Catholics--but again, I don't see the irony regarding Japan.
Sandpanthersandpanther on August 13th, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC)
Hm, no connection between the two means that I will forget the dates for both. Ah well. I have lived this long not remembering the dates, so clearly it can't be that earth-shattering to forget them.
Paul Meyer: Supermunchkinweregamer on August 16th, 2004 10:29 pm (UTC)
Assumption vs Ascension vs. Japanese surrender
It is always possible to find a "deep" explanation for any correlation, but I'm pretty sure this is a coincidence.

Feast of the Ascension of Christ - depending on which diocese you are in, celebrated either as a Holy Day of Obligation (ie a Sunday-like big Mass that you are supposed to go to even though it's not Sunday) the Thursday of the second week of Easter, or simply on the third Sunday of Easter. This event is recorded directly in the Bible, and as such believed in by all Christians.

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15th, a Holy Day of Obligation and one of the few Marian feasts that preempts a Sunday when it falls on one. As Rhylar said, it commemorates Mary's physical absorbtion into Heaven. I'm not sure where his "found her tomb empty" comes from, though, as there was no site identified by any tradition as Mary's tomb - and if that had been the sequence of events the site would surely have become a shrine of some sort. This is a particularly Catholic belief, with no direct Biblical evidence but very strong evidence in the traditions of early Christians. A good discussion, including the reason different words are used for the two, can be found at http://www.catholicculture.org/docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=2956.

Day of Japan's surrender - probably a coincidence. There was a LOT of anti-Catholic prejudice in the US in that era, which was only dispelled when JFK failed to actually turn the U.S. over to Vatican control as all the bigots warned a Catholic President would surely do. (Of course, a reverse role of prejudice, choosing a date to be deliberately inappropriate, is possible. The selection of Fridays as the day that patriotic Americans would go without dairy products was almost certainly deliberately chosen to be hard on Catholics, who were required not to eat meat on Fridays.)

I think the date simply represents the amount of time it took to put the surrender together after the demonstration that there was more than one A-bomb available. (Trivia: actually, there were only those two available - the next wouldn't have been ready for several months. IIRC the big reason for two bombs being ready at the start was that they weren't sure the implosion-style weapon (Fat Man, used on Nagasaki) would work until the Trinity test, while the gun-style weapon (Little Boy, used on Hiroshima) was harder to make but would certainly work. I don't think the idea that a second demonstration might be necessary came up until much later - although the lack of a third bomb was one of the big arguments against doing a demonstration someplace uninhabited, since that would be much easier to write off as trickery than a use on Japanese territory would be.)