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Check out how other cultures spend Independence Day

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Here in the U.S.A. we are not the only people who celebrate the day we gained independence with huge festivities. Lots of other countries may have totally different cultures from us, but they are still proud to be citizens of their home. Check out how these countries celebrate their independence day!

Mexico

September 16, 2012 Photographs from the Mexican independence day parade. It kicked off at S.20th and Oklahoma and ended at the UMOS center at 2701 S. Chase Ave. The event celebrates the Mexican War of Independence, from Spanish colonial authority. Dancers in traditional Mexican dresses filled the street with color as they passed. MICHAEL SEARS/MSEARS@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM

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September 16 marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence, also called the Cry of Dolores (in Spanish: Grito de Dolores). Every year on the night of September 15th, the Mexican president rings the bell of the national palace in Mexico city. Following this, he reads a shout of patriotism based upon the “Grito de Dolores” with the names of many heroes from the Mexican War of Independence. There are also celebrations throughout the country at schools on this independence day.

India

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India became an independent nation on August 15, 1947. On this independence day each year, people pay homage to those who have fought for their country in the past and made it possible for their country to stand today. Leading up to the big day, buildings throughout the city are illuminated with lights and flags hang from almost every window all around. The President also delivers an address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day. A majority of people spend the day with close family and friends, picnicking or doing outdoor activities to enjoy the holiday.

China

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The People’s Republic of China was founded on October 1, 1949. The National Day is celebrated throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau with government-planned festivities like fireworks and concerts. The city is decorated everywhere, and portraits of celebrated leaders such as Mao Zedong are found displayed everywhere on this independence day.

Brazil

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September 7, 1822 is the day that Brazil declared independence from Portugal. On this independence day, Prince Pedro, son of Portugal’s king, stood near Brazil’s Ipiranga River and simply announced independence. After tearing the Portuguese symbol off his chest, he shouted “By my blood, by my honor, and by God: I will make Brazil free.” and it was. He then became the emperor of Brazil and prompted all Portuguese forces to leave the country. What a nice guy! Today, independence is celebrated at the Ministries Esplanade with a parade including military soldiers. Public leaders appear here and make speeches about future events and projects. Lots of other fun events like picnics, parades, air shows and concerts happen all over the country to celebrate this big day.

Italy

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Italy’s Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione) is an independence day celebration of April 25, 1946 when the country claimed independence and also the death sentence to all fascist leaders. Many celebrations are held throughout the city of Rome, including parades and commemorations to previous leaders and heroes. A traditional song “Bella Ciao” is sung in remembrance of a local farmer who died fighting for freedom.

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