Freedom is the greatest reason to party! All around the world, people know how to throw an Independence day party.
Canada: July 1st.
Parades, music festivals, carnivals, fireworks, barbecues and sunburns. All required during Canada's Independence day.
Norway: Syttende Mai
Giant parades, 100,000 people crowding around the city of Oslo, and over 100 school bands playing in the street for the festival. Those Norwegians sure know how to through a kick-back.
Everyone gets dressed up in "bundads" or folk costumes, with different designs from different parts of the country.
Belize: September 21st.
These festivals start weeks before the actual Holidays and continue even after wards. During independence week, radio stations play soca and punta tunes.
Everyone gets to go bake in the sun during the "Jump Up" parade where everyone floods the streets and bands play their local music.
India: August 15th.
Perhaps one of my personal favorites, India's true beauty is shown during Delhi.
Parades, picnics, extraordinary fireworks, and concerts are thrown all week in India. Millions of kites cover the sky during Delhi, making it one of the most beautiful and symbolic expressions of freedom EVER.
I love India.
France: Bastille, July 14th.
Commemorating their troops to kick off the parade, the military marches down the Champs-Elyees to the Palace de la Concorde, which is both the biggest and oldest military parade in Europe. It is one of the most conservative parades on the globe. At the end, everyone heads to the nearest Fire Station to watch the firemen strip for money. ;D
Brazil: September 7th
Brasilia, the Capital of Brazil, thousands of people attend the military parade at the Ministires Espalande, if you can afford a million reais per ticket.
Of course, some of the most popular attractions are in Rio and Sao Paolo.
South Africa: April 27th
The first post-apartheid elections in 1994.
Generally, people of South Africa are more relaxed and chill out. The use the day to visit relatives, and have barbecues to relax.
Greece: March 25th
Both historical and a religious celebration for Greece. In late March of 1821 the country revolted against the Ottoman Empire, and at the same time, the Feast of Annunciation, which was the day Mary was visited by archangel Gabriel. Most places like Athens, celebrate the old fashion way, by throwing parades, while the island of Tinos mostly celebrates the Annunciation with dances, banquets, and other religious festivities.
Mexico: September 16
QUE THE MARIACHI BAND!!!!
In commemoration f Miguel Hildalgo's "Grito de Dolores" speech delivered on September 15th, 1810, everyone starts celebrating the day before, and the celebration/festivities continue on to the next day. Of course, the country celebrates with mariachi parades, bullfights, rodeos and giant mexican style feasts. Needles to say, the next day the posole will be re-heated, the coffee will be brewed, and everyone over the age of 13 will wake up with a massive hang over.
Yup, I'd say Mexico knows how to party.
Israel: the 5th of Iyar
Jerusalem is the place to be during Israel's independence day. The speaker of Parliament delivers a speach from Mount Herzi, followed by ceremonial torch lighting. Roads are closed to traffic to make room for live performances, barbecues and cups of arak.