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How 7 Different Countries Celebrate Their Independence, including Indonesia

Independence Days are celebrated differently across different countries in the world. Knowing how people in other countries celebrate their independence days are interesting because it allows us to learn more about other cultures.

Celebrations are often associated with fireworks, speeches and parades. Are there any other things that people do on that important dates? Let’s take a closer look on how people in seven different countries celebrate their Independence Days. 

Independence Days Celebrations Around the World

Independence Days celebrations can create unity between people in the country. Usually, during Independence Days, there will be many interesting activities held in each country. Let’s find out 😉

1. Korea (August 15)

One of the most meaningful days in Korea is its Independence Day that falls on August 15. The country’s liberation day marks its independence after 36 years of oppression under the Japanese. 

Moreover, people in South Korean often called its Independence Day with Gwangbokjeol, literally means “the day the light returned”. Meanwhile, in North Korea, it is called Chogukhaebangui. 

During the special day, many activities take place in South Korea such as the official ceremony attended by the President. People hang Korean flags on the streetlights and outside public buildings. There are also some fireworks displays.

2. Mexico (September 16)

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Mexicans celebrate Independence Day in many ways. They often listen to Mariachi music, drinking “the bandera” (the flag), which is a shot glass with green, white and red color just like the Mexican flag. Each color represents lime, tequila and sangria.

3. Norway (May 17)

In Norway, the Independence Day is celebrated by children’s parades, marching bands, and a lot of ice cream. Children parades take place across the country. The largest parades include tens of thousands of people. They wave flags and shout ‘hurra!’.

Furthermore, the locals wear Norwegian traditional costumes called “Bunads”. Nearly all businesses closed on May 17 as it is a national holiday. The only open businesses are hotels, gas stations and some restaurants.

4. United States (July 4)

Today’s celebrations of America’s Independence Day include people hanging flags, wearing red, white and blue outfits. They often spend a day with their families and friends to have barbecues, watch parades and fireworks.

Long time ago, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now independent sovereign states. Nowadays, the 4th of July has become one of America’s most cherished holidays.

5. Indonesia (August 17)

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Indonesia’s Independence Day is coming up on Aug. 17. Indonesia gained its independence in 1945. Only then the Dutch finally recognized the country’s independence in 1949.

Various sports competitions are commonly played on this day. There would be a kerupuk (crackers) eating contest. The kerupuk is usually white, with about 20 cm in diameter. It will be hung upon a thread of plastic rope. Participants who join the competition and able to finish eating the kerupuk will win some prizes.

Other competitions that are often held on Independence Day are panjat pinang, which involves climbing palm trees greased with oil. The participant who can climb up and reach the top of the tree can get prizes such as bicycle or electronics.

Indonesia has a rich history and traditions. It is also one of the most Instagrammable countries in the world. Interested to visit Indonesia? Book a flight to Indonesia via tiket.com, the leading online travel agent in Indonesia.

6. India (August 15)

India’s Independence Day represents the end of British colonial rule in 1947. On Aug. 15 in India, usually there would be flag-hoisting ceremonies occur in schools, individual homes. 

Throughout the country, a popular tradition of flying kites has emerged and has actually become quite competitive as children and adults try to make other people’s kites fall to the ground.

No doubt, India is an exotic country to explore. There are many captivating tourist attractions that you should visit at least once in your life, such as the Taj Mahal.

 7. China (October 1)

Chinese National Day is also called the ‘Golden Week’ in which many Chinese people will go traveling around the country. From Oct. 1-7, there will be a lot of activities held nationwide.

October 1st 1949 was the memorial day for the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  Celebration activities include flag-raising ceremonies, dance and song shows, fireworks, painting, calligraphy exhibitions and so on. 

If you love shopping, National Day is a great time because many shopping malls offer big discounts during the holiday.