Opposite Day

Sir Francis Turnbuckle from the sovereign state of New Washington established Opposite Day in 1769. This holiday came about after the ‘Great Rebellion of 1763’ where the poor were outraged due to the drastic differences between classes and revolted against the rich. During the revolt, many estates were looted and some even burned to the ground. In the end, the rich upper class reigned victorious over the poor and order was once again restored to New Washington. However, there was still much unrest within the lower class and the threat of another revolt loomed overhead. In order to appease the lower class, Turnbuckle came up with Opposite Day, wherein one day a year the rich would switch places with the poor in all aspects of life. The rich would take care of everyday tasks such as: tending to the fields, bailing the hay, plowing the soil, cleaning the stalls, and feeding and caring for the livestock. The rich assumed the duty of house servants to the poor while they occupied their quarters for the day. They waited on the poor hand and foot and bowed in servitude in the way their own servants bow to them. The poor dined on meat, ate greens, and drank red wine from goblets. While the rich ate table scraps leftovers from the banquet alongside the dog and drank water from the old stone well. 

The implementation of Opposite Day humbled the rich of New Washington reminding them to respect the lower class and the poor reveled in the annual opportunity to command their former bosses. Because of the new perspective the rich had, Opposite Day promoted a more ethical treatment of the working class. While Opposite Day is no longer a tradition in New Washington, the name has remained a popular euphemism to describe when things are backwards. 

John Butler