This week, the United States of America celebrates it's Independence Day, the 4th of July. Your host family will be happy to share their traditions with you and teach you about the history of this day.
The 4th of July is also a great opportunity to teach your host kids about different Independence Days from around the world. Why not share one from each continent and your home country?
North America- United States of America
The United States of America celebrates its Independence Day every year on the 4th of July. This was the day 241 years ago that the Declaration of Independence from the British Empire was established. Ask your host kids what the 4th of July means to them. You'll love experiencing this festive holiday- don't forget the hot dogs and fireworks!
The Day of German Unity has been celebrated on October 3rd since 1990. On the public holiday, families might enjoy a picnic together or a local fair. There's also a 3-day festival at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. If Germany is your home country, share your traditions with your host family.
Since Antarctica has no permanent inhabitants, it doesn't have an Independence Day. Different scientific stations across the continent will celebrate different holidays while the biggest communal celebration is Midwinter, which is the 21st of June. Antarctica is in constant darkness at this time of year and June 21st is the pivot point where the sun begins to return.
South America- Argentina
Argentinian Independence Day is on July 9th and began in the year 1816 when Argentina became independent from Spain. To celebrate this special day, go to a big family reunion and eat as much locro as you can! Locro is a traditional stew that will be slightly different according to each family recipe. Take a nap after your meal- just like Thanksgiving Day in the USA.
Independence Day in Indonesia is celebrated on August 17th annually. Indonesia was a Dutch colony and gained their independence in 1945. Families and communities will gather all across the archipelago, which consists of over 17,000 islands, to enjoy fun and games. Cities and towns will be decorated in red and white, the colors of Indonesia's flag.
Madagascar's Independence Day is on June 26th and started in 1960 when the country gained independence from France. It's a day of joyous celebrations, plays, dancing, contests, and parties in the streets.
Australia Day, held on the 26th of January, commemorates the arrival of the first British ships to Australia as opposed to a traditional independence celebration. This is because Australia is still a member of the Commonwealth. January is the height of summer in Australia, so the day is full of BBQs, beach parties, and ice cream.