Tomorrow is the USA Independence Day commemoration, also known as Fourth of July. There are fireworks and barbecues, and if you’re in the southern USA, they’re usually accompanied by a hot and humid summer’s day.
This national holiday had me thinking about other national holidays around the world. Of course, each country has its own national holidays. While the USA does not celebrate Boxing Day, many countries also don’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day. And then there are those holidays that are universal. They’re in almost every country, it seems.
I googled and found out that the two most popular national holidays worldwide are New Year’s Day and Christmas. Are you surprised by that information? While New Year’s Day seems to be always secular, Christmas can be celebrated in both secular and religious ways, as we know. What about those Hallmark Christmas movies? Apparently they begin in June and go all the way through December. It seems that the Christmas shopping season also begins early with year-round Christmas shops. And then we have the ever popular Christmas in July book promotions. Do you enjoy those?
My Christmas book, WISH YOU JOY (Savannah Sweethearts Book 9), begins in July, right in the middle of a hot Savannah, Georgia, afternoon and the story continues through Thanksgiving and Christmas when it’s pretty cold (according to me).
What about books that you’ve read? Do you enjoy reading books that center on national holidays such as the Fourth of July celebration, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and so forth? If you have read those books, feel free to mention them. In my own books, I have a mix of everything. Even though I don’t do a big deal theme of parades, for example, I do include things like fireworks over the river and what would give my readers a sense of place, time, and setting in my stories.
And we’re back to the question of the day. What are your favorite national holidays in your own country? Please mention the country you’re in so we can have some context. Does your country celebrate an event that other countries don’t? Or do you celebrate many of the days, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day. In Japan, they even celebrate Children’s Day.
If you’re in the USA, what are your plans for the Fourth of July weekend? Are you grilling tomorrow?
Have a happy summer, everyone!