Following the recent post on Canada Day and Independence Day, I thought it would be useful to post some details of other national celebrations.

  • Bien Phu Victory (May 7) Vietnam celebrates victory over the french army May 7, 1954
  • Algeria celebrates 1 November as start of the War of Independence in 1954 that caused the retreat of French forces.
  • Syria celebrates 17 April Independence Day as the retreat of French forces in 1946
  • Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican defeat of French Army May 5, 1862
  • TRAFALGAR DAY celebrates British Defeat of French Navy October 21, 1805
  • L’Escalade is a Swiss day to celebrate the defeat of Duke of Savoy (allied to France) Dec 11, 1602

And, of course:

  • July 14th is Fete Nationale (Bastille Day) where the French celebration of the defeat of the French Military by a bunch of peasants in 1789

While not really National holidays;

To Celebrate the September 7,1812 Russian Victory over French Army at the gates of Moscow was Tchaikovsky wrote a pretty catchy tune in 1882. Not Very originally named “The 1812 Overture”

Also while creating a 1965 Celebration of the Battle of Waterloo one British Parliamentarian thought to ask:

HANSARD: HC Deb 02 June 1965 vol 713 c218W

72. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Defence why he invited the French Army to take part in the celebration of the battle of Waterloo.

Mr. Mulley

No such invitation was issued.”

Probably just as well, would have been one of those ‘one bitten, twice shy’ kind of moments. They don’t call it “Meeting your Waterloo” for nothing.

Also, When Asked the Germans responded “Days to celebrate beating the French, if we did that we’d never get any work done, those Mercedes and BMWs don’t build themselves!”

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