Like many Americans, I look forward to celebrating the 4th of July with my family and friends. In many cities across the U.S., several events take place to commemorate the day our country declared its independence from Britain, on July 4, 1776. Some cities host picnics, parades, barbecues, family reunions, carnivals and fairs. Locals historians host ceremonies giving the history of Independence Day and ironically this day falls within the period of when many city elections are taking place. During the election season, you’ll find politicians participating in parades, hosting dinners and giving speeches connecting our history with current hot topics in government. The one staple I love the most about celebrating the Fourth of July is our city’s fire works show. Why celebrate the Forth of July with a grand fireworks show? Because John Adams, our 2nd president wanted us to, making Independence Day the National Day of the United States.
Since moving abroad, I’m fortunate to share in another Independence Day celebration. On the 2nd of December 1971, the U.A.E. (United Arab Emirates) was formed and has now celebrated its 41st year. Just like the states, leading up to this day, many events take place throughout the city. Schools host assemblies educating students on the history of the U.A.E and provide opportunities to share in the celebration through art and dance. The locals decorate their homes and cars with the colours of the U.A.E. flag, which are red, green, black and white.
Visitors and expatriates, such as myself dressed in an Abaya for the day, a traditional garment of Muslim women in the Middle East. The city hosted the Dubai Rugby Sevens, a huge sporting event where people come from all around the world to get dressed up in crazy costumes, drink and have a good time with friends. This year, we was shocked to receive our first thunderstorm in two and a half years here in the desert, it caught us all by surprise. The U.A.E is one big international hub, one nation and many faces. There are so many individuals from all over the world that currently resides here. It’s also a wonderful place to develop and grow in any passion you so desire, Happy National Day U.A.E!!