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Celebrating not my 50th Birtday but my 50th post.
This shot was taken By the Yarra River in Melbourne Just East of Princes Bridge.
I have cut and pasted some informatio from a previous posting of mine.
Moomba is an annual festival in the city of Melbourne, Australia and one of the largest and longest running festivals in Australia, and has been celebrated since 1955.

The official translation is "let's get together and have fun."

In 1981 Barry Blake in his Australian Aboriginal Languages spelled out the etymology in more detail:
Undoubtedly the most unfortunate choice of a proper name from Aboriginal sources was made in Melbourne when the city fathers chose to name the city's annual festival 'Moomba'. The name is supposed to mean 'Let's get together and have fun', though one wonders how anyone could be naive enough to believe that all this can be expressed in two syllables. In fact 'moom' (mum) means 'buttocks' or 'anus' in various Victorian languages and 'ba' is a suffix that can mean 'at', 'in' or 'on'. Presumably someone has tried to render 'up your bum' in the vernacular.

Furthermore, in 1969, Luise Hercus provided the following definition for 'mum' (i.e., 'moom') in The Languages of Victoria:
Mum: bottom, rump. The jocular Healesville expression 'mum ba' — 'bottom and . . .' — has been given to the authorities in jest with the translation 'let us get together and have fun', hence the Melbourne Moomba Festival.

I could not help myself and had to include that explanation of the word Moomba.

That aside it is time to get together and have fun.
Thanks for looking.

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2008/03/08 21:44:22.7
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