It’s a different experience to celebrate independence in a country you don’t have much connection to the history of, but we loved the festivities! Not quite like any fair I’ve been to in the states, it’s much more interactive, and looked like a blast for kids. Here’s some shots of the fun!
There were several tournaments going on.
Including arm wrestling, which is apparently a big deal here.
But there was regular wrestling going on as well.
(Part of the emphasis on youth sports ahead of an international event coming up.)
Furry felt creatures. It’s not a hedgehog if it doesn’t have something stuck to it’s back.
A theatre group was doing dramatic readings in the street (not sure what they were about because I don’t speak the right language) in period dress. It looked pretty cool, and I wish I’d understood.
These are made out of beeswax! Which I find amazing.
One of the library booths had a typewriter that’s a little different than any I’ve seen before.
Colleges in the states could learn a thing or two about how to have an interesting booth at an event from the people here. Virtual reality and real time chemistry experiments were only the tip of the iceberg.
Some of the honey vendors brought their helpers with them.
Mira’s a celebrity pretty much everywhere we go.
Air shows are mandatory.
Little one enjoyed the festivities too. Can’t you tell?
(I don’t think she reacted to a single thing all day.)
Every kind of government vehicle imaginable, from tanks to garbage trucks, was there for kids to climb on and have their photos taken with.
The parade lasted like half a minute, but their costumes were awesome!
It was a fun experience, and fun to share with friends. We’ll be going back next year for sure!
(And we’ll have a better idea of what we’re getting into…)