Happy 4th July to all our American readers and friends! (We're nudging into the 5th here down under, but the sentiment still counts!)
Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian pals for 1st July!
I love the idea of celebrating a country's heritage and history...mostly, I love the idea of eating the kinds of food people eat on celebration day!
When my boys were younger we used to try to celebrate as many 'national' days as possible throughout the year so I could try to cook a signature dish (usually fairly badly) and teach my kids a bit about the diversity of our world and get them to eat something different.
Obviously, with 196 countries in the world I couldn't celebrate them all or I'd be in a constant state of cooking panic! But, my favourite day is Bastille Day 14th July because I get to eat pate and French cheese and eclairs and try (badly) to converse in French. I also enjoy India Day (Republic Day, 26th January) because of the yummy things we get to eat then too. A few years ago we happened to be in New Delhi for Republic Day and we saw the rehearsals for the celebrations which involved armed soldiers atop beautifully decorated camels and lots of marching. It was all very serious but we loved seeing the pomp and ceremony and the pride the country has in itself and its people.
When I lived in the UK we never seemed to celebrate being British, although each country has its own day; England being St George's Day, 23rd April (coincidentally, Shakespeare's birthday), Scotland has St Andrew's Day, 30th November and Wales has St David's Day on 1st March. (Although we did have a plethora of Morris dancing around 1st May...).
What's your perfect way of spending your national day? Do you cook national dishes on that day? If so, what? Do you cook national dishes to celebrate other nations' days?