Miscellaneous Thursday

In celebration of the Fourth of July, many Americans dress in red, white, and blue, have barbecues, go to parades or carnivals, and watch spectacular fireworks. Let’s take a look at some of the traditions held by other countries on their celebratory day:


  • Canada: Independence Day, or Canada Day is held on July 1st and it celebrates the Constitution Act of 1867 that joined the provinces together as one unified country. Canada day is celebrated with a performance by the RCMP Musical Ride, picnics, parades, festivals and fireworks. To find out more about the history of Canada day check out this article: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31069/what-exactly-canada-day


  • Mexico: Mexican Independence Day, also known as “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores” celebrates the day the Mexican War for Independence began on September 16th. Grito de Dolores is named for the priest Miguel Hidalgo of the town of Dolores who was the first to denounce Spanish rule, initiating the war. Today in Mexico, the celebration of independence is represented with fireworks, flags, and public reenactments of the Grito de Dolores. To find out more about the history of Mexican Independence Day check out this article: http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/latinamericaindependence/p/09gritodolores.htm


  • China: National Day in China is now celebrated on October 1st however, in ancient China, it was celebrated when an emperor was born or took the throne. Now, National Day is celebrated with a week of festivities known as “Golden Week”. Every 5 years a small military review is held in celebration and every ten years a large one is held. Both are followed by inclusive parades and celebration. To find out more about the history of National Day in China check out this article: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/festival/national.htm



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