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Bastille Day vs. Independence Day

5.06 World History (FVLS)
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Adriana Patrick

on 12 June 2013

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Transcript of Bastille Day vs. Independence Day

(Bastille Day) La Fête Nationale VS. Independence Day U.S.A. Common Traditions 1. The Bastille Day Military Parade is held every year and showcases the French military.
2. Also, most families enjoy a large and delicious feast on this day.
3. Another Bastille Day tradition that is a fairly modern one is the use of fireworks. Origin of Bastille Day Bastille Day, called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) in France although commonly referred to as Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July) is the celebration of the beginning of the French Revolution. It is called Bastille Day because it was the day that the Bastille (a prison) was stormed by an angry mob. It is known as the beginning of the French Revolution because the Bastille was a symbol of just how powerful the king was. By taking over this prison, it made people finally believe that they could be free of the French king’s tyrannical rule. The first Bastille Day was held in 1890, the year after the storming of Bastille, and has been held on July 14 every year since. Symbols associated with this holiday 1.The French flag is one important symbol of Bastille Day as it symbolizes France’s freedom.
2.The holiday itself is a symbol of the beginning of the French Revolution.
3. Another symbol associated with this holiday is the Bastille. When the people overtook this prison, it represented the fact that the people did have the power to overthrow the king. They did not have to remain in an absolute monarchy forever. In Conclusion Origin Common Traditions Symbols associated with this holiday 1.Many Americans wear our nations colors (red, white, and blue) on this day, and many also decorate with these colors in preparation for July 4th.
2.Fireworks are a must have for the 4th of July in America. On this day every year, millions of fireworks are set off all over the country.
3.Many Americans also use this day to have barbeques, picnics, or to simply spend time with their families. Parades are also a part of this holiday and are done in the majority of American cities. 1.America’s national colors red, white, and blue, are always associated with this day. The blue is a symbol for justice and perseverance, the red for valor, and the white for purity.
2.The American flag is a reminder of the fact that 237 years ago, The United States of America was officially born. It is a symbol of freedom. In fact, the American flag is what inspired Francis Scott Key to write what would eventually become our national anthem.
3. Another symbol associated with this holiday is the Statue of Liberty. This is another symbol of freedom. Both La Fête Nationale and Independence Day are very important to their nations and are celebrated in very similar ways. Both France and the United States utilize fireworks, parades, and both nations also traditionally have a large meal with family and friends. These two holidays, however, are of different origin. In France, Bastille Day is celebrated as the day the French Revolution began which eventually led to France as we know it. In the United States, we celebrate the 4th of July because it was the day we officially became a nation; free from British rule. Independence Day is celebrated every year on July 4 because this is the day that, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and a new nation was born. The thirteen colonies had been struggling for a long time to gain independence from Britain. The reason behind this struggle is the fact that the king of England was unfairly taxing the American colonists, while these colonists had no say in the matter. When the colonists won the battle against the British, they were overjoyed and July 4th became one of the most important days of the year in The United States, and it was called Independence Day because is marked the day the United States became independent of Britain. 5.06 World History Adriana Patrick 3/25/2013 Thank you for viewing!
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