I remember in 1999, riots broke because of singer Kaya's death in prison and as from the 22nd children were not allowed to go to school for security reasons. Then, in 2000, the prime minister declared it a public holiday due to heavy rains by making a special announcement on TV on the 22nd, at about 10 pm live from Grand Bassin. He was almost soaked and holding an umbrella.
Then, for the later years, I took my own personal leave from school to celebrate the matter at home. And then came last year, 2007. Things went quite well, until the 22nd, the feared date. A cyclone named Gamede started pointing its terrible nose round our tiny island and then on the 23rd, "a cyclone warning class 2 is in force in Mauritius."
Yup, we had to cancel all celebrations and spend my birthday quietly, eating away all the cakes and food by candle lights. But still, dudettes and dudes, I've managed to have fun on this day. Spending ones birthday at home with solely ones close family has a very cozy aspect to it.
So again this year, I'll be waiting for the 23rd of February to come and surprise me.
Hehe! So long dudettes and dudes and my birthday aliens.