...I remember meeting an American Student once who was here on exchange who was shocked that we didin't celebrate 4th July. I tried to explain to him that American's have this false ideal that 'things that happen in American hapen everywhere', even though though really don't. Maybe he needed a bit of a History lesson about 4th Jul;y and why AMERICANS celebrate it. Australian's do find it hilariously funny how dillusional American's are about the rest of the World and how you all think you are the greatest nation on Earth when a massive majority of you never leave your own country. How can you compare with what you don't know's out there?
Stupid, stupid. ...
Speaking of American Holidays that aren't in all places, are you familiar with The American Civil War? It was from 1861 to 1865 over land, states' rights, slavery, and a lot of things. Some of the former Confederate States have some controversial holidays honoring Confederate soldiers that I don't agree with. The Confederacy lost the war.The 4th of July in other countries:
I believe that The Philipines just happen to have Independence Day on July 4th. Philipinos push the Manilla envelope a little bit further. ...South Koreans can sing and dance because they have Seoul. These are puns. In America, if you have soul, then it means that you can sing and dance.
If you think that Americans are strange and naive then there are some strange answers on Jaywalking segments on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. You can watch online on nbc.com or hulu.com. Jay Leno would ask pedestrians questions that are simple enough. People in Southern California must have some strange delusions and I haven't heard a lot of good things about The California educational system. About the weirdest was when he would ask people what made the Mount Rushmore carvings and they would say erosion. Singer Cher believes it was erosion. On the 10th Anniversay Special, he showed the best of Jaywalking. He was talking to some girls that were about 18 and White instead of Asian, asked them what country The Korean War was in, and they said Vietnam. Then he laughed joking that he can't do this anymore. Also on that same 10th Anniversary Special, he had this conversation with an oddball man who looks like he's about 30 years old:Jay Leno:
What country is The Panama Canal in?Oddball Man:
I don't know.Jay Leno:
OK. What country is The Great Wall of China in?Oddball Man:
OK. What country is The Panama Canal in?Oddball Man:
Some of their answers make no sense.
I don't know if you're going to love or hate this next part. At my university, I went the Study Abroad Australia callout. I unfortunately ended up not going to Australia. They had Americans that had visited Australia and had come back. They also had Australians visiting The USA. One Australian said, "When Americans think of Australia, they think of boomerangs, kangaroos, and Aborigines. When Australians think of America, then think of guns and executions." Then he pretends that he's in Australia meeting an American tourist and says, "You're an American? Do you have a gun? Have you ever fired a gun? Do you have a gun with you right now? Can I see it?"
...As for missing Halloween? How can you miss something you never had and never cared about it? Like Christmas and Easter it's been commercialised and is nothing like what the whole thing is actually about. Ask 1,000 American 9 year olds what Halloween is about and why it's celebrated and I guarantee you you get 1,000 answers exactly the same : Candy!!
I've heard that this is now in Italy.Halloween in other countries:
Mexicans have The Day of The Dead, but it's on November 1st. It's a combination of Christianity and some Native Mexican traditions. Halloween is actually older than Christianity and was absorbed into Christianity as All Saint's Day, All Soul's Day, or All Hallow's Eve. I've heard that Halloween in Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland is more traditional and more interesting. I like to study other cultures.