UNITED STATES

After a long time trying to find a topic, my group and I decided to make the blog about different celebrations that offer countries around the world. We thought that it could be a great idea because most of us have different nationalities. Then came the most difficult part for me.

I’m from Spain but I didn’t want to be the one in charge of the country because one of my friends could say more than I about it. I thought about Italy because I have been there this summer and I loved it. I visited Venice, Florence, Roma and Pisa. These cities full of romanticism would give me a lot to write about. Their culture is something special and at the same time similar to the one of Spain, even the language is understandable for me. The problem was that I have never been in any of their celebrations or traditional events, so writing about them was not such a good idea.

I choose United States, the country in which I have spent the best holidays of my life. I have visited six states and been living there with two different host families. I know how they usually celebrate important events such as 4th of July, Christmas, Easter..etc.

I find Americans way of life really interesting. They are so patriotic, always singing their hymn and hanging flags on their houses. It makes you love their country too. The people there is so open-minded, when they have a guest always make him feel as if he were part of the family, even the neighbors are really nice. The food is not very elaborate but is really good, they have a huge variety of things that we have never seen in Europe. It’s great to taste new flavors.

I have a lot of reasons for choosing United States, I like it but more over I have been living there so I can write about my own experiences

Ana Jordán Sanz

EL SALVADOR

I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, where I lived 18 years of my life after moving to Spain for my University Studies. El Salvador is a small country in Central America and it is one of the smallest of the whole continent with only 21,000 square kilometers and a population of 6.2 million people.

When I moved to study abroad in Spain I noticed that many people doesn´t know much about my country and its culture. Citizens

The Citizens of the World blog has the main purpose of giving acknowledgement to all the main cultural events on my country and how they are held.

The major part of the festivities held in El Salvador are about the saints which represent each department of the country and are held on that specific department, other events are, for example, the Day of All Souls (Dia de los Fieles Difuntos in Spanish) and the Independence day, which is one of the most important, obviously.

In this blog I will talk about the cultural importance and significance. Also I will explain in what places they are celebrated and why, and also, which of them I, personally, like the most.

Show things about my country to people who doesn´t know its one of the things I enjoy the most, as well as learning from others, like a good citizen of the world.

Fernando Gonzalez.

GUATEMALA

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Guatemala “ land of culture, soul of the world”

The heart of the mayan culture Guatemala is a beautiful country located in Central America. Known for its multiple cultures within the small country. We have 22 different language but the official language is the spanish. The mayan culture`s heart is located in Peten, in the north of Guatemala; Antigua is located on central Guatemala; somehow we end up having the most beautiful places and cultures of the world. My goal is to remind people not to always trust in what the tv or the press say, because I know how bad they talk about Guatemala, of hoy dangerous it is, and how the tourists are treated, but guess what, they are wrong. I’m not going to lie and say that there is no insecurity becuase there is for us, the locals, but it shouldn’t stop people from going and seeing for themselves what they here. I can Catedral de Antigua (2)promise you that it is not thecase at least you go to the guettos of Guatemala and expect to get out with your phone. That is the point for this blog to let know the people how different and pretty is the world out there. I choose this theme because it is really important to stay connected in a certain way to the country were you come from even though I am so far from Guatemala. Guatemala gave me life,gave me friends, gave me health, education so this is my Little help back to change the prejudices that everyone has. Guatemala is more than my country, my home; and mi casa es tu casa, Whenever you wish to come don’t feel shy to contact me and I will give you a tour. We need to break the bubble in wich we live and search for new adventures around the world. SONY DSC by: Ana Isabel Garcia photography property of Ana Isabel Garcia

VENEZUELA

Citizens of the World was chosen by our group because we found it interesting that even though we all come from different places with completely different lives, we all found each other in one same place sharing our stories. In our group we are almost all from separate countries, so we decided to share what we knew, loved and disliked about the various places we have lived in.

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I am from Caracas, Venezuela.  A born and raised Venezuelan city girl. Later in my life, due to the political situation in the country, my family and I had to leave in order to find quality life. We moved to the United States, North Carolina where I became a teenage country girl. When we moved there it seemed outrageous to me that people did not know where Venezuela even was located. To them, anyone who spoke spanish was from Mexico, no other Latin American country existed. Call it ignorance or call it conformity, awareness of what happens around us is very essential to understand the happenings of the world.

This blog was made with the idea that we can open the eyes of those that are not aware of the unimaginable things the world has in store. We are hopeful that with our stories, we can inspire and show people what this life has to offer. Even though there are many things to know about every single country in existence, there is one thing that makes each place their own: culture. Understanding culture is understanding tradition and understanding tradition is understanding origin.

When an event causes a whole town to come together, it does not happen from one day to another, there is a real story behind it and as time goes on, that story makes history. Many public events are celebrated because of a changing point in the country’s history having to do with politics, government or the lives of significant and memorable people. In the events there are usually typical foods, dances and traditional dress of the specific place.  In this way, by simply understanding an event, you can capture much of a country’s history.

It is about getting close to people and showing a desire to learn the challenges each different society has been faced with and discovering new ways to overcome conditions facing our humanity. If you understand the importance of diverse cultural knowledge, grow in love for different cultures and learn about the history of different places, you become a citizen of the world.

Written by: Iraida Bethencourt Graterón