Last week I covered the origin of The Day of Masks in Part 1 (read it here)
Eventually every neighborhood had their very own Day of Masks. They celebrated with elaborate parades and ghastly looking parade floats. These things were originally designed to be menacing, bright and colorful, but in an off-putting and gaudy kind of way. The messed up idea being, that the newcomers to the neighborhood would see them and get scared. Childish I know, but you should see these things! Large oversized creatures of bright pink, yellow, and orange. Demonic slits for eyes, large gangly arms, sharp teeth and a full headdress of twisted horns. They propped these garishly colored, evil parade floats on the tops of cars and trucks and drove them around. Side walkers carried polls to help manipulate their arms - it’s all very elaborate, take it from me, those floats are still used to this day!
Day of Mask celebrations also featured extremely dangerous fire contests and sword & knife games to show newcomers how reckless the neighborhood natives were. One such activity involved strong men attempting to flip old, broken down cars for sport —again to convince newcomers that this was not a terribly safe place to live. Again, we still got stuff like this now!
There was no extent that neighborhoods wouldn't go to, in order to make their ridiculous warnings known. Even if they had to hang all their pots and pans outside their homes like wind chimes, for fellow natives to furiously hit with wooden spoons and they passed each day. Yeah, you could say things were getting out of hand!
So the City Commission For Cultural Events And Holidays put forth an official mandate, that all Day of Masks celebrations and, just to be certain, all other mask related holidays would be unified into one city-wide holiday. My guess is it just became too much of a mess to do otherwise.
So now, we all have a day where we all wear masks. People go to their jobs in masks, kids go to school in masks. Twins wear separately different masks, which allow them to be distinguished with the other disguised children at school. So twins have the most fun on The Day of Masks.
Many secret weddings happen on The Day of Masks, with the utmost amount of anonymity. Lovers young and old alike don special bridal masks to complete the ceremony without the blessings or approvals of their disapproving guests. Who received in the mail an invitation that simply reads, “someone(s) you may or may not know is getting married on The Day of Masks. Those who show up wear masks of their own as well, while they silently stand in attendance.
Many purchases of an illegal or unsavory nature take place on The Day of Masks, for a non-dicsclusre agreement is unofficially in full swing when a masked customer approaches a masked shop owner for a certain special thing that is best left unknown.
Often times, when kids need to skip classes for an important but secret reason, they will often do so on The Day of Masks. Beware however, the schools own method to find them out and re-collect missing and delinquent students. For even if the school administration cannot accurately take attendance on The Day of Masks, they can hunt down those that play hooky with special masked agents of the DPPS (Distinct Poplar Public School System). They are called The Name Face Collectors. They are teachers and school personal who don special masks that transform them into these magical student seeking and collecting…things.
These aren’t the only special masks that exist, there are many more that come out on this day, some say they grant the wearer special gifts, but more on that latter.