|Map of the world illustrating how the International Date Line effects each side of the line.|
As for May Day, itself, it's described as follows for those who celebrate aboard the ship. How unusual they'll celebrate two days in a row:
"May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on May 1. It is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival. It is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake is usually part of the celebrations that the day includes.
In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. International Workers' Day may also be referred to as "May Day", but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day."
As we cross the International Date Line tonight, we're reminded of when we crossed into this part of the world so long ago. On June 4, 2015, we went to bed on the ship one night, awakening the next morning having missed an entire day/date. That was peculiar to us. Now we'll do the opposite.
We officially arrived in the South Pacific on May 30, 2015, and are leaving as we enter the Pacific Ocean after crossing the equator on May 3, 2017, a few days from now. We've spent considerable time in the South Pacific as indicated below from the app we use to calculate between two dates:"From and including Monday, May 25, 2015
To, but not including Monday, May 1, 2017
Result: 707 daysIt is 707 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date
Or 1 year, 11 months, 6 days excluding the end date"
|The International Date Line on another map.|
Going forward as we "go back" we'll have to redo our thinking when we communicate with family and friends when mentioning the day or date. Not only have we had to consider the date and day of the week but we'll experience many times changes as this cruise continues on to North America.
Wondering why and how the International Date Line came to be, after some research we found the following at this site:
"The International Date Line, established in 1884, passes through the mid-Pacific Ocean and roughly follows a 180 degrees longitude north-south line on the Earth. It is located halfway around the world from the prime meridian—the zero degrees longitude established in Greenwich, England, in 1852.
The International Date Line functions as a “line of demarcation” separating two consecutive calendar dates. When you cross the date line, you become a time traveler of sorts! Cross to the west and it’s one day later; cross back and you’ve “gone back in time."
Despite its name, the International Date Line has no legal international status and countries are free to choose the dates that they observe. While the date line generally runs north to south from pole to pole, it zigzags around political borders such as eastern Russia and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands."
By perusing the map as shown in today's main photo, one can gain a better understanding of how this line cuts the globe in half. Thus, when we prepare tomorrow's post about cannibalism is the South Pacific over the ages, we'll be back again on May 1st.
Photo from one year ago today, May 1, 2016:
|Had we not been traveling the highway in Bali at such a clip, we'd have been able to take dozens of photos such as this, of famous Balinese gods, king, and queens. For more details, please click here.|