Americans chow down on hot dogs and embrace their inner pyromaniac on July 4—but what about everyone else? William Sertl of Gourmet looks at national days from around the globe...and the eats that accompany them.
- Australia Day (Jan. 26) Beer, grilled fish, shucked oysters, and chipotle pork cheeseburgers are popular choices. Ironically, Australia Day commemorates the declaration of British sovereignty in 1778.
- Bastille Day (July 14, France): Parisians hold a military parade by day and party in firehouses by night. As for food, special lamb sausage, kebabs, and grilled fish comprise the typical holiday menu.
- Independence Day (Sept. 15, Mexico): To celebrate the day that revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo stood with his countrymen against Spanish colonial rule, Mexicans make chiles en nogada, a dish representing the red, white, and green colors of the national flag.
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