South Africa Looks to Consecrate Their World Cup Stadiums

2010 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year, the Winter Olympics start in mid-February, the World Cup begins in mid-June and nearly every major holiday falls on either a Friday or a Monday meaning lots of 3-day weekends for the working men and women.

In order for the World Cup to go off smoothly, the Makhonya Royal Trust asked to bless each of the stadiums that will be used. The blessing requires slaughtering a cow inside each one and has come under attack, of course, from the NSPCA.

The Trust insist that this is the “the true way to bless the tournament.”

Zolani Mkiva, Makhonya Royal Trust chairman, said: “We must have a cultural ceremony of some sort, where we are going to slaughter a beast. We sacrifice the cow for this great achievement and we call on our ancestors to bless, to grace, to ensure that all goes well.”

The NSPCA have not totally opposed the ceremony, wanting to make sure that it is done in the most “humane” manner.

[World Cup Blog]

3 Responses to “South Africa Looks to Consecrate Their World Cup Stadiums”

  1. 1 SoxDoc
    December 3, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Totally off-topic, but what major holidays are you talking about? Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday. Labor Day, Memorial Day and Columbus Day are always on Mondays.

    New Year’s Day 2010 falls on a Friday, so that’s one. And Christmas Eve also falls on a Friday. New Year’s Eve is also on a Friday, but not everyone gets the whole day off for that. Independence Day and Christmas are on Saturdays in 2010. Am I missing any major holidays because if it’s only 2 3-day weekends, that’s not a whole lot.

    Just busting balls, not trying to be a douche.

  2. 3 the roomate
    December 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Independence Day and Christmas are on Saturdays, I get those Fridays off for some reason. Now, this probably doesn’t apply to everyone’s schedules, but my company is only closed for certain holidays. Of the 9 holiday days off we get in 2010, only Thanksgiving is on a Thursday, the rest are Monday or Friday. Here’s my list:
    New Year’s: Fri, Jan 1.
    MLK jr. day: Mon, Jan. 18
    President’s day: Mon, Feb. 15
    Good Friday: Fri, April 2
    Memorial day: Mon, May 31
    Independence Day: Mon, July 5th
    Labor Day: Mon, Sept. 6th
    Thanksgiving: Thur, Nov. 25th
    Christmas: Fri, Dec. 24th.

    So, now you all know when I have 3-day weekends… I like to play on 3-day weekends. Invite me to stuff! And fun!

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