What do you do in your Independence Day? When is it?

@marguicha (80377)
Chile
September 21, 2009 9:45pm CST
I live in Chile an our Independence Day was on September, 18th. For us is the begining of Spring so it is usual to have barbecues with family get togethers. There are also stands in every neighborhood where people go out to eat our typical empanadas and drink wine or chicha. There´s dancing of our national dances but also salsa for the young people. The next day it´s the military day. First there´s a mass at the Cathedral then there is a military march of the Army, Navy and Air Forces with the President presiding it. Years ago, there were many more games to celebrate. They still do it in the country, but not in the city. There were competitions with kites. Not anymore because the city is too high. How do you celebrate your National Day? Do you eat something special? Do share!
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@Simon1223 (904)
• China
22 Sep 09
I'm a Chinese and the national day of China is on October 1st, which is coming soon. It's the 60th national day in this year. And the government will hold a military parade in front of the Tian An Men. National flags have been decorated in every corner of the country. I guess that day I will stay at home and appreciate the parade on TV. In the evening there will be many art performances on TV, so I'll have a lot of choices.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
22 Sep 09
Sounds like y'all have a fun time. What are empanadas? ours is the 4th of july & there use to be a big todo here but they have stopped it for the last few years. There would be a carnival here, live music & people really turned out for it. My mother use to have a big dinner & invite family & friends. we usually had barbecue & all the trimmings. People just don't celebrate here like they use to. That's too bad.
@marguicha (80377)
• Chile
23 Sep 09
Empanadas are a sort of meat pie. The shape is like half a pie, you put the filling (meat, onions, one black olive and a piece of hard boiled egg) and seal it and put it in the oven. They also make fried cheese ones but the traditional are with meat. This week end I went to two barbecues. One on the 18th at my daughter´s house and the other on Sunday at my brother´s. I WILL NOT check my weight for a while.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
23 Sep 09
tHANKS FOR EXPLAINING WHAT THEY ARE. THEY SOUND GOOD. sOUNDS LIKE U ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME, I'M GLAD.
@bing28 (3800)
• Philippines
23 Sep 09
It's on June 12, the Philippine Independence Day. There's a flag raising early in the morning in differrent historical places in the country, attended by government officials. There's a colorful parade, headed by the military, the gov't employees,concerned citizens and relgious and civic organizations plus so many other attractions. There are programs of cultural dances and presentations from differrent regions and musical programs presented by our local artists, our famous singers and movie people. There are exhibits of our products harvested, there are feast, free food, free rides at light railway transit and many others. There's a flag infront of each houses, at the cars and other vehicles and along the highways. Fireworks displays happened at night as well. Independence day is such a memorable event in our country.
• Philippines
23 Sep 09
it looks like it is feast day there. our independence day is celebrated every june 12. we just have the usual independence day parade on the street but unlike urself, we don't have much things happening on that day. there is a commemorative program spearheaded by the government officials but not too many people attend. it is a good day to us as it is declared as legal holiday each year and the working people and children do not go to work or school. we have a whole day to spend our free time.
@Sreekala (18782)
• India
22 Sep 09
Hi marguicha, Our Independence Day is on August 15 and this year it is already over. All over the country, flag-hoisting ceremonies are conducted by the local administration in attendance. Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs take place in all the state capitals.