Sunday, 8 March 2009

Moomba Festival

Moomba is an annual festival in Melbourne, and one of the largest and longest running festivals in Australia. Moomba is celebrated during the Labour Day long weekend (over four days, from Friday to the second Monday in March), and has been celebrated since 1955. In 2003, the event was renamed Melbourne Moomba Waterfest. It is a family festival run by the City of Melbourne Council.

In 1951, Australia celebrated fifty years of Federation with a parade and the staging of the theatre production "An Aboriginal Moomba: Out of the Dark". The following year, the final Labour Day procession was held in Melbourne. In 1954, Queen Elizabeth II visited the city in her first appearance as reigning monarch and the City Development Association and the Melbourne City Council proposed the Moomba Festival. The first festival was officially opened in 1955. (Thanks to Wikipedia)

The official translation is "let's get together and have fun."

Well, true or not, people were getting together and having fun this weekend in Melbourne. Sounds like a good idea.

Matthew 18:19 (MSG)
19 When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action.


David said...

How many people attending Moomba will end up in Hell?

That won't be so much fun.

Jim Knaggs said...

Tragically true.