Weekly Geeks 2009-25: Celebrating Independence

This week’s Weekly Geeks:

Here in the United States, families and individuals are celebrating our independence. Traditionally, July 4th means putting out our flags, watching fireworks displays, going to parades and concerts, barbecuing with family, and beach trips with friends. Fourth of July also makes us think of hot summer nights, summer vacations, and relaxation. In many ways, it signifies the "kick off" to summer. But on a more serious note, it represents the history, government, and traditions of our country.

  1. If you are from another country, other than the United States, share what national holidays are significant to your country. Are any of them similar to our celebration of Independence Day? Are there traditions around their celebration? Do they suggest the beginning of a season or something other than the National purpose?
  2. Go a step further…let’s talk books.
  • Have you read a good fiction or nonfiction book which centers around a country’s search for independence?
  • Do you have any book recommendations which embody the traditions or celebrations of your country?
  • And since the Fourth of July brings to mind summertime … are there any great summer reads you are looking forward to reading over the next month or two?

OK, no. 1. No to all three questions.

Opening of the Brandenburg Gate

Our National Holiday is October 3rd, it’s the day of the re-unification that happened 1990. I’m afraid that in Germany there is no focus on holidays at all. There are no parades, no fireworks, nothing whatsoever to indicate it is a special day to our country. Possibly some politicians might gather for some official service, function or so, but, to be honest, nobody cares. It’s a day off,  you can’t do anything, because everything is closed, and that’s it. Nobody would even dream of throwing a re-unification day party, the idea alone is preposterous. PArts of the Berlin wall are taken down

On the other hand Germany is one of the countries with the most holidays, most of them religious, so we might be a bit desensitized as far as the significance of holidays is concerned.


No. 2.

I’m afraid no to any of those either.

I don’t read political books, I don’t read books about Germany, its traditions and celebrations, and I don’t have summer reads to recommend either. I already said that in a previous weekly geeks, that I read what I feel like no matter what the season and the topic of the book.

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