Happy Saint Jean Baptiste Day!
Happy Saint-What Day? That was my first thought. Apparently today is like Québec’s birthday. I have not a clue who Jean Baptiste is or why he’s so important to Québec, but I do know that it means I get a holiday!
…Not from work though. It was surprisingly not-busy despite it being a holiday. Aw well, I get paid whether people come or not.
After work, the festivities began. For me, that meant that I went to a free Louis-Jean Cormier concert. He is immensely popular here and performed just a 5 minute walk from my apartment. I was sure to arrive 45 minutes early and it paid off – I was one of the first to arrive and I got wonderful seats.
|Louis-Jean Cormier gave a short introduction speech about pride and had the crowd screaming and cheering!|
|Performing one of his songs.|
Unfortunately, being an outside concert, good seats or not you still get rained on. And it poured. Of course, I don’t have an umbrella with me, so even though I had a raincoat on, I got soaked. Raincoats only work for so long.
I kept my camera and bag dry though which was the most important thing, so I’m not complaining. Just a little cold.
The concert was great fun and the amount of pride the Québecois have for their province is inspiring. Political preferences aside (there are a lot of pro-separatists here…a lot!) I can see why they are so proud of their province. The community vibe around here today was amazing – everyone was dancing and singing and waving around fleur-de-lis flags despite the torrential rain. Everyone was so happy!
I am finally dry again and off to bed. After all, I have to go to work again tomorrow!