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July national days

Canada 1 July (Canada Day, Canada a confederation of four provinces 1867)

Dining in Canada...

Trivia: Canada has the world’s longest coastline at 202,080 kilometres. More...

 


 

Burundi 1 July (Independence from Belgium in 1962)

Burundi's food.....

Trivia: Burundi means ‘Land of Kirundi-speakers”.

 


 

British Virgin IslandsUnited Kingdom 1 July

On the BVI menu....

Trivia: The phrase “What a kallaloo!” is used by islanders to refer to any kind of mess - the word kallaloo means the local seaweed and greens soup.

 


 

Hong Kong 1 July (Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC 1997) 

Dining in Hong Kong....

Trivia: The Chinese New Year "Poon Choi" dish consists of 10 different ingredients cooked separately and assembled into a one-pot meal, and is popular among Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong. More...

 

 


 

Madeira Day 1 July (Autonomy from Portugal)

The food of Madeira....

Trivia: In 1950 , Winston Churchill retreated to Madeira, exploring the island in a Rolls-Royce and painting. On the eastern side of the harbour a plaque marks the spot where Churchill set up his easel.

 


 

Rwanda 1 July (Independence from Belgium in 1962)

Rwanda's food.....

Trivia: The descendants of the earliest inhabitants in Rwanda are the Twa. They are the forest dwelling pygmy.

 


 

Somalia 1 July (Foundation of the Republic, from Italy and the formation of Somali Republic 1960)

Cuisine of Somalia.....

Trivia: The currency of Somalia is Somali Shilling or SOS which has been in use since 1962.  More....

 


 

Curaçao (Kingdom of the Netherlands2 July (the first elected island council is instituted 1954)

 
 
 
Trivia: At one time Curacao was known as a miniature tropical Holland, or the Dutch Gibraltar, as it was a very busy Dutch port colony.
 
 

 

Belarus 3 July (Independence Day, liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944)

 
 
 
Trivia: To show hospitality, a host traditionally presents an offering of bread and salt when greeting a guest or visitor.
 

 

United States 4 July (Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain 1776)

Dining in USA....

Trivia: Pre-sliced bread was once banned in America. More.......

 


 

Isle of Man, British Islands (usually) 5 July (Tynwald Day, Tynwald (parliament) annual meeting)

Food on the Isle of Man....

Trivia: Four-horned Loaghtan sheep, are a breed of sheep, unique to the Isle of Man, thought to have been introduced in prehistoric times or by the Vikings. The meat has been given the European Union Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) stamp.   More facts....

 


 

ArmeniaJuly 5 (1995). See Public holidays in Armenia.

Armenian cuisine....

Trivia: Armenia is one of the only mono ethnic countries in the world. Ninety-seven percent of the people living in Armenia are Armenians.  More facts....

 


 

Venezuela 5 July (Independence Day, declaration of independence from Spain 1811)

 
 
Trivia: The capybara, the largest rodent in the world,  inhabits the grassy plains (llanos) of Venezuela.
 
 

 

Comoros 6 July (Independence from France 1975)

Food of Comoros....

Trivia: Did you know that Comoros is the second-largest producer of vanilla in the world? It is second only to Madagascar.  More facts....

 
 

 

Malawi 6 July (Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1964; and Republic Day 1966)

Malawi's table.....

Trivia: The Portuguese introduced maize to the region. Today, maize is still the staple grain of Malawi. More facts....

 


 

Cayman Islands, United Kingdom 1st Monday in July

 
 
Trivia: The Cayman Islands were first discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1503, when he landed on Little Cayman. More facts...
 
 

 

Solomon Islands 7 July (Independence Day, from United Kingdom 1978)

 
 
Trivia: The official language is English, although Melanesian pidgin and 120 indigenous languages are also spoken.
 
 

Palau 9 July (Constitution Day, the world's first nuclear-free constitution 1981)

Dining in  Palau.....

Trivia: In 1783, Palau was accidentally discovered by the shipwrecked crew of Captain Henry Wilson when he reached the shores of Ulong. More facts......

 


 

Bahamas 10 July (Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973)

The food of Bahamas.....

Trivia: Some unusual island names are Ragged Island, Crooked Island, Rum Cay, Conception Island, Exuma, Big Farmer's Cay and Great Sayle Cay. Paradise Island was originally called Hog Island.

 


 

Mongolia 11 July (Naadam Holiday, declaration of independence from China 1921)

On the Mongolian table....

Trivia: There is a theory that Mongolian horseman may have invented ice cream, when they took cream in containers made from animal intestines as provisions on long journeys across the Gobi desert in winter.   More.....

 


 

Kiribati 12 July (Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979)

Dining in Kiribati....

Trivia: The Kiribati flag consists of a red and gold frigatebird flying above a golden sun that rises from a blue and white striped ocean. 

 


 

Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, 12 July (Battle of the Boyne Day)

On the Northern Ireland table....

Trivia: Almost half of the population of Northern Ireland is under 30 years old, so it’s no surprise that the nightlife is flourishing and lively.

 


 

São Tomé and Príncipe 12 July (Independence from Portugal 1975)

Food of São Tomé and Príncipe.......

Trivia: The Equator crosses the island of Ilheu das Rolas. Visitors can see a marker when they visit the island's resort.

 


 

Montenegro 13 July (recognised as independent at the Congress of Berlin 1878)

Eating in Montenegro....

Trivia: Montenegro breaks down into two words, monte negro (meaning black mountain) which are actually from the old Italian-Venetian language (in modern Italian it would be monte nero).

 


 

France 14 July (Bastille Day, 1789)

Dining in France.....

Trivia: There are over 1,000 different types of cheese made in France – the blue/green-veined Roquefort is the oldest variety. 

 


 

French Guyana (France) 14 July (Fête de la Fédération)

Cuisine....

 


 

Guadeloupe, France 14 July (Bastille Day)

Cuisine....

 


 

Martinique, France 14 July (Bastille Day)

Cuisine...

 


 

Mayotte, France 14 July (Bastille Day)

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New Caledonia (France) 14 July (Bastille Day)

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Réunion, France 14 July Bastille Day

Cuisine....

 


 

Saint Pierre and Miquelon, France 14 July (Bastille Day)

 

 

Cuisine....

 


 

South Korea, July 17 (1948). See Constitution Day (South Korea).

Dining in South Korea.....

Trivia: Koreans are superstitious about red ink. Supposedly, if you write someone’s name with a red pen, that person is going to have some really bad luck in the near future.

 


 

UruguayJuly 18 (1830). Jura de la Constitución de la República Oriental del Uruguay. 

Dining in Uruguay....

Trivia: The name ‘Uruguay’ comes from the Uruguay River which is thought to mean ‘river of the painted birds’ in the Guarani language.

 


 

Colombia 20 July (Declaration of independence from Spain 1810)

Cuisine of Colombia....

Trivia: Colombia has the biggest salsa festival, biggest theater festival, biggest outdoor horse parade, biggest flower parade and second biggest carnival all over the world. More facts....

 


 

Belgium 21 July (Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831)

Dining in Belgium...

Trivia: There are over 800 kinds of beers made in Belgium. Belgians consume in average 150 liters of beer per person per year.



 

 

Guam (US21 July (Liberation Day, Americans landing on Guam 1944, the beginning of the Battle of Guam (1944)

What to eat in Guam.....

Trivia: Guam is where America’s day begins. This US territory is the other side of the International Dateline. Time-wise, Guam is 20 hours ahead of Hawaii time.  

 

 

Egypt 23 July (Revolution Day, the revolution of 1952)

Eating in Egypt....

Trivia: For ancient Egyptians, bread was the most important food and beer was their favorite drink. Models of brewers were even left in tombs to ensure that the deceased had plenty of beer in the next world.

 


 

25 July (Constitution Day, establishment of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 1952. Formerly Occupation Day (1898)

Eating in Puerto Rico....

Trivia: The world’s largest telescope is located in the island nation . It has a diameter of 305 meters and is used for accurate information about when and where an asteroid might hit Earth.

 

 

Liberia 26 July (Proclamation of the Republic: independence from the United States 1847)

Liberia's food.....

Trivia: The Liberian flag is designed after the American flag. The eleven white and red stripes that it sports stand for the eleven people who signed the country’s Independence declaration.

 


 

Peru 28 July (Declaration of independence from Spain in 1821)

Peruvian fare....

Trivia: The staple meat raised in many households of the Andes is cuy, or  guinea pig. Read more....

 


 

Faroe Islands (Denmark) 29 July (Ólavsøka (Saint Olaf's death at the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030): opening of the Løgting (parliament) session)

 
 
Trivia: The Faroe Islands, formed by volcanic activity 30 million years ago, are now a cultural melting pot with 77 nationalities among its population of only 48,000. More....

 


 

Vanuatu 30 July (Independence Day, from the United Kingdom and France 1980)

Vanuatan food....

Trivia: The name Vanuatu comes from a combination of the words Vanua, meaning “Home or Land” and Tu, meaning “Stand”, together representing the independence of Vanuatu.

 


 

 

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