The majority of the 192 United Nations’ Member States have registered one day of popular jubilation to celebrate the genesis of their country.
National Festivals annually revive the memory of an outstanding historical fact: the birth or creation of the State; accession to independence; a War of liberation; takeover; the Proclamation of the Republic; the public celebration of a birthday or an oath-taking by the sovereign; unification or reunification… The National Festival commemorates also the memory of great men who founded the country or fought for freedom…
In each country, the day is marked not only by official ceremonies (military parades, gun salutes, speeches…), but by popular celebration (parades, balls, fireworks…).
This book is an opportunity to traverse the globe - and provides a unique look at the traditions that give identity and unity to each and every country and people - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe by way of Russia and the USA…
Following a short introduction recalling the history of the UN, the book proposes a series of lavishly illustrated double-page spreads addressing each UN Member State’s National Day (on a calendar basis) - synthesizing the principle information relating to each country’s Festival:
- The State and its flag
- Key figures
- Historical milestones
- Principle facts relating to the birthday
- Portrait of the person or persons who made history
- Key dates
- Official celebrations
- Popular traditions
- Facsimiles of founding documents (declaration, constitution etc.…)
He is a journalist and author specialised in the natural world. Jean-Paul Viart has participated in the publication of numerous encyclopedic collections dedicated to animals (Prédateurs, Sur la Terre des dinosaures, Time Life; Sauvages, La grande parade des chevaux, M6 Interactions…).
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