Happy national day! And very happy to see that you’re interested in reading a bit about how one can celebrate its national day from another place than ‘home’. I believe that depending on the day and the traditions from home, it varies from a place to another. For me, it is/was all about the fireworks!
I think that for a lot of Frenchies, our national day is fairly important, and mainly because it shaped such an important part of our History. And if you think about it from another perspectives, it’s an amazing opportunity to hang out with friends, and having a good time. I would say that we’re lucky that it is happening during the summer time, which makes people want to stay outside, where there can be a lot of different activities organized by cities. So yes, who does not like a little party, outdoor, with friends and enjoying a spectacular firework show after the sunset?
What is usually nice with embassies when you live abroad is that, there are some receptions organized so that people can celebrate this day with their national fellows. So, knowing that, I decided to look at the embassy’s website to see if I could find any information about it. Which I could not – of course. Next step, I emailed them, email to which they did not reply – of course. And then what? What does one usually do? Well then you organize a party – of course!
We do not have too many French friends here in Stockholm, so I believe the meaning of last evening was different from one to another. But that’s fine, as long as everyone celebrates it the way they like it. And luckily the weather these days is just perfect, which allowed us to have an awesome barbecue party!
Our plan consisted in having friends over and a lot of food with nice festive summer feeling. Because, after all, this day is just a great celebration! As Saturday was close to 30 degrees (yes, in Sweden), it is not easy to find nice dishes that people want to eat, so we made a lot of salads, cold soups and snacks that are easy to pick and just reminded me of our dearest ‘apéro’. Nothing more Frenchy than that!!
As time is flying by and the more year I spend abroad, the more I feel like I want to celebrate these days, just as if I would be back home for a few hours. So, creating this home away from home feeling was something important for me, but also bringing some French traditions to my friends, which is another way of sharing and adapting your lifestyle to the current environment!
And lastly, you remember those fireworks I mentioned before? Oh well, I found the perfect sparkling candles (just like the one on the picture above) which recreated a mini firework on our terrace! I truly loved it!
So if I had to do it again, would I?! Yes definitely! Would I change something? Probably not. Of course it will never be exactly the same as back home, because you are not back home, but it is so much more interesting to try to show to your friends, how it would be there and how nice this day is. The celebration was just as good as back in France in my opinion, except that my fireworks were not too big or impressive!