Today is a holiday in Germany. Like most holidays in this country, religion plays a role. Most people have drifted away from church, but still enjoy days off work.
The day celebrates Fronleichnam, which is translated as Corpus Christi. Less religious folks, especially irreverent ones, call this day Happy Cadaver.
I have no idea what is celebrated or the special meaning of this day, despite attending a Christian secondary school. For some reason, I the name makes me think of Janis Joplin. Not Fronleichnam or Happy Cadaver, but Corpus Christi, Texas. Could it be that she was born, or sang a concert, or died there? Who cares? It does not matter.
For some unexplained reason, this is also known as Father’s Day in Germany. But, Father’s Day is very different. This is not a day to receive present or special attention from one’s children. Instead, men buy cases of beer and join other men in some wooded location and drink more than necessary. Of course, this sets a fine example for future generations...which uphold the tradition.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.