Happy 4th of July/Independence Day to everyone, whether you're in the United States or an American living abroad! I am usually asked either by my students or people I talk to here in Italy what are the traditional "customs" for today's holiday and whether or not I celebrate America's Independence here in Italy.
The first year or two I was here in Italy my Italian husband and I would "celebrate" American holidays such as Thanksgiving and the 4th of July/Independence Day. Sometimes his family would be more than accommodating and join in on the "celebration". As the years have come and gone, we've celebrated American holidays less and less to the point now American holidays are just another day that are only briefly mentioned.
Am I less "American" because of this? No I do not feel that I am. I still vote in every election. I still cook American cuisine along with Italian and whatever else finds itself into the pot. Do I miss celebrating holidays like Independence Day or Thanksgiving? You bet I do, but I live in Italy now, not the United States of America. Halloween is starting to become "trendy", but is nothing like in the United States. It's an American holiday. Yes Christmas is celebrated in Italy since Italy is a Christian/Catholic country, but Italians have their own customs.
Posted by Ann on Friday, July 04, 2008