Saturday, 21 January 2017

Holiday Blogging - Summer Learning Journey W4 D16 A1/2

Week 4: Sights and Sounds
Your big overseas adventure is about to come to an end☹. Before you head back to New Zealand you want to spend the last few days seeing the most famous and important sights in the country. You may also want to join in some of the festivities.
Day 16 – National Celebrations
Today is a very special day in the country! It’s a major national holiday and everyone is celebrating! Scroll down to learn more about the national holiday in your country.
Canada – The national day in Canada is called ‘Canada Day.’ It is celebrated on 1 July every year. People in Canada like to celebrate the holiday by getting together with friends, having a meal and setting off fireworks. People usually eat food from the barbecue on Canada Day. Some of the most popular foods are hot dogs, hamburgers, poutine (fries with gravy and cheese), and nachos.  C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\Canada Day photo.jpg

Chile – The national day in Chile is called the Fiestas Partrias of Chile. It is celebrated on two different days - 18 September and 19 September. The people of Chile love to celebrate their national days by going to watch Chilean rodeos, dancing the cueca (a traditional dance), watching parades and going to barbecues. Food is a very important part of the celebration. Chileans like to eat lots of meat. A popular dish is called pino (a mixture of beef and onion).C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\Chilean National Day.jpg

Germany – The national day in Germany is called The Day of German Unity. It is celebrated on 3 October each year. Everyone in Germany has the day off from school and work. They usually get together with friends and family to enjoy some delicious food. Some of their favourite foods are sausages, potato salad, and sauerkraut (sour cabbage).

Malaysia – The national day in Malaysia is called Hari Merdeka or Independence Day. It is celebrated every year on 31 August. It is a public holiday and the people of Malaysia usually celebrate by having large parades, concerts and events. The military men and women in Malaysia usually participate in the parades. The children in Malaysia usually get dressed up in their best clothes and people eat very traditional Malaysian foods.C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\MD army.jpg
United Kingdom – There is currently no official national day in the United Kingdom, however, there are many public holidays that people celebrate. They are usually called ‘bank holidays’ because the banks close on those days. The British people love to get together with family and friends on the bank holidays. They will often go to watch a horse racing or greyhound racing on a holiday. They may also get together at a local pub to watch a game of football (soccer) or rugby on the television. Common foods to eat on the bank holidays include English favourites such as fish and chips or pies.

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Mexico – The national day in Mexico is celebrated over two days – 15 and 16 September. It is a very special time for the people of Mexico as it represents the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain. The war started in 1810 and ended in 1821. Each year the current Mexican president re-enacts the ‘call for independence’ by ringing a bell. Everyone in Mexico has time off over this period and many spend time with their family and friends. They share special food together like enchiladas, cecinas, and bistec. Some Mexicans will participate in parades and engage in folklore dancing.C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\Mexico independence day.jpg
South Africa – Freedom Day is celebrated on the 27th of April in South Africa. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first elections held in 1994 in South Africa where both white and black people were allowed to vote. Prior to 1994, only white people were allowed to vote. Black people had very limited voting rights. On Freedom Day, the people of South Africa celebrate by eating special dishes likes Vetkoek (Fried bread with filling), bobtie (spicy quiche), and peppermint crisp tarts. C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\Freedom day in SA.jpg
United Arab Emirates – The national day in the United Arab Emirates is celebrated every year on 2 December. It makes the day that the seven emirates (territories) came together in 1972. On UEA National Day people often dress up in green, white, black and red and attend car rallies and dance shows. They will also decorate their homes with banners and attend large firework shows and concerts. It is a huge day of celebration!C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\UAE national day.jpg
Japan – In Japan, the national day is celebrated on 11 February. It is called ‘National Foundation Day’ and it honours the original founding of Japan and the reign of the first emperor, Jimmu. On National Foundation Day, some people in Japan will gather together to celebrate, however they do not usually have large parties or celebrations. Most people will have the day off of work.
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Australia – The National Day of Australia, or Australia Day, is held every year on 26 January. It is a huge event in Australia with most people attending local community festivals, concerts or parties. New Australian citizens are sworn in on the 26th of January and everyone has the day off of work. It is common for people to get together with friends to have a barbecue. Steak and chips are often on the menu!
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Day 16 – National Celebrations
Activity 1
Imagine that you are visiting on the national holiday of your chosen country. On your blog tell us what you would eat, see and do on that day.

Imagine that I was visiting one the national holiday of my chosen country Australia. The national holiday that I'm going to in Australia is held every year in the 26th of January. So it's like everyone in Australia get's a day of work. If I was in the national holiday I would eat steak and chips that I heard is often on the menus. On that day I would love to do some activity's and make some new Australian friends. If the national holiday goes all the way till night time I would definitely love to see some fireworks that are like booming the words Australia!

Activity 2

Create a brand new public holiday for the country.  Use your creativity to come up with a name for the holiday and a short description of how people in the country celebrate the holiday. Do they all get the day off? Do they eat special foods or go to special events to mark the day?

My Public Holiday:

I'm calling my new public holiday for Australia Take a break mate! Take a break mate day is when you take a break of work and start having some fun outside. Such as giving out Australian food making night markets and more! Everyone comes together and celebrate to there nearest city in Australia. Then when it is night time everyone looks up to the sky and there will be fireworks booming everywhere!

( This is my last week of the SLJ )


  1. Hi Amelia,

    What a hilarious post - you had me laughing out loud! I particularly like the idea of 'Take a break, mate' day. That is classic!

    I am sure that the Aussies would love this holiday. They would definitely get outside, enjoy some markets, some good food and some fireworks. When do you think we should have this holiday? It strikes me that it would be best to hold it during the summer months. Perhaps it could be in February or March? The Aussies are just about to celebrate their national day on the 26th of January so they are unlikely to want another holiday in January. I bet that they will be ready for a break come late February or early March.

    What do you think?

    Thanks, again, for the great post! I think that I may just have steak and chips on Thursday in honour of Australia Day. I'm sure that Aronui would love it!

    Looking forward to seeing you online this week. We have five full days left for the journey so there is plenty of time to finish it up.

    Stay strong and carry on!

    Rachel :)

    1. Hey Rachel,

      Thanks for the comment. I think your right that we should have this holiday around Feb or Mar. Because just like you said it's like during the summer months. Me too I think that I'll just get steak and chips on Thursday in honour of Aussie day. I can't wait to end the SLJ soon!


    2. You're almost there! Keep up the great work :)

  2. Take a break mate! I love it. This sounds very Australian indeed, I can imagine t-shirts and hats with such a slogan even. What kind of food are at Australian night markets, similar to NZ night markets or a bit different do you think?

    What fantastic work you have been doing over the holidays Amelia, you are a superstar!

    1. Hi Mr Goodwin!

      It's been a long time since you've commented on my blog. Yep I tried to make it sound Australian too. I also can imagine them going crazy with the t-shirts and stuff. I think that the Australian markers similar to ours.

      Thanks for commenting. I'm looking forward to seeing you back at school!

    2. It's great to read that you're looking forward to going back to school, Amelia! You don't have to wait too long. The next school year is going to start very soon. Hooray!

  3. Hi Amelia!

    What a great post! Your public holiday would certainly be enjoyed by many! I couldn't have thought of a better one!

    Keep it up!

    1. Hey Iisa!

      Thanks for the comment! I don't really know if many Australian people will like the idea of this whole public holiday thing. I thought people like you could think of something better that this.