It is a very interesting question which is not easy to answer. I know that you become a true patriot of your own country only when you go abroad.
i must agree! it's like the saying"you'll never know the value of what you have until you lost it". it's not really losing it,but being away makes you miss a lot of things from your homeland.which makes you appreciate it like you never had.
The pride of my country Kenya is its hospitable people and the wide variety of wild animals. In Kenya tourism is an important source of foreign exchange.
I am from the United States--home of the Whopper; where more than half of the population is considered obese. Mine is a nation based on making money and achieving maximum independence and maximimum freedoms. We are famous around the world for our ignorance on all subjects and for our racism. Currently, we maintain the most powerful military in the history fo the world and our government is fond of reminding everyone of this.
Hello Empresario! I understand your point of view and I think that each country has something that it is not proud of but surely there are thing that you like in you country.
a fascinating, insightful dialog. To: Sashen...I agree w/ Old Empresario that our military presence in the world is a source guilt for many of us, overshadowing US pride. Also, we come from all nations, so identity is blurred and pride obfuscated.
The pride of my adopted country, Canada, is it's multiculturalism and the way Canada embraces people of all walks and races. Canada is famous for its Maple Leaf symbol, its beautiful landscapes and most of all, Niagara Falls.
The pride of my birth country, Kenya, is that we all grow up as one big nation. Kenya has a lot to be proud of: her world famous athletes, Mt. Kenya, Treetops Hotel, and most of all, her tea and coffee.
Being from Britain, I suppose the biggest thing that most of us are proud of are the Royal Family. There was a time after the death of Diana when their popularity slipped alarmingly. But William, Kate and Harry are all a breath of fresh air. At the moment, most of us are celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (60th anniversary of her coronation) So everywhere you go, there's red, white and blue.
Here in Lithuania it's definitely basketball. It's just what we are best at here. You know, being independent for 22 years and win a bronze medal in Our first Olympics in Barcelona was something no one else can understand
I'm from Bangladesh. International mothers day of 21st February is created by bangali Nation.
Our tolerance and politeness (though sometimes I wonder!). Our wonderful varied countryside, from rugged terrain to wide sandy beaches. Our castles and old churches; we are steeped in history and tradition which some regard as old hat but I regard as a great national inheritance.
Sorry, should have said! Stupid of me! Britain, specifically England.
aww england. one of the countries i wish to visit. but too expensive for me.haha. hope someday i can afford to pay a visit.
I hope you can visit too. Let me know if you do!
My brother lives in Eton. I visited hm there and traveled to London every day. I had a lot of fun and a stranger gave me a ticket for the Big Wheel because his wife was afraid of heights:)
Soccer and Vodka ... Oh, yeah, and the Pope.... I'm from Poland.
Do you mean "What is your country proud of?" or do you mean "What does it mean to be proud of your country?" If you mean "What does it mean to be proud of your country, to me it does NOT mean to love your country right or wrong. It means to be objective about it's flaws and work together with those who want to make it better. But what is "country"? We are all citizens of the world. To feel allegience to my country does not mean I don't have responsibilities to the rest of the world; it doesn't mean, to me at least, "America right or wrong." It means we are citizens of the world. All people are my brothers and sisters. We are on this planet together just trying to figure it out. We need each other. We need to stop exerting military might to convince others of values we hold dear. Don't get me wrong. I am forever grateful to have been born in the United States and to have the tremendous opportunities I've had because of our form of government. But I am part of a whole and the whole is connected. To be patriotic to one's country, to me, means something only if we are proud of our accomplishments and look with eyes wide-open to our failings.
I thought it meant 'what is there in your country that inhabitants can be proud of?'
thanks for answering annart. that's exactly what i meant
Ah,thanks Annart 'n SuperLux for clarification. I think Americans can be proud of the fact that individually we're kind-hearted,seek fairness; but can, as a group, be duped by media bites that dismiss inequities, and continue dangerous class struggle
The history and the monarchy draws millions of tourists.
I believe the pride of my country is its diversity. The diversity of the people and the land.
Hi:) I had hoped to read some interesting responses here. It is quite alarming that people find it so hard to reply to your question!
I live in South Africa. People have websites and blogs intended to badmouth our country and to highlight every crime and wrong that happens. It is quite wonderful that they can because just a short time ago there was no freedom of expression here.
We established a democracy and we have what is considered the most advanced constitution and Bill of Human Rights in the world.
Table Mountain in Cape Town is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The country is dynamic, the people are friendly and diverse and the fauna, flora and scenery are stunning. The weather is excellent and the country is a great tourist destination with a very good foreign currency exchange making it relatively cheap to visit here and I hope that many tourists will continue to come here:)
We have the cradle of mankind and many firsts such as the first heart transplant. Socio-economically we are in transition from Apartheid and legislated oppression to giving full realization to our hard won democracy. Sometimes this process is frustrating and sometimes it is wonderful but it is always exciting.
We have a long way to go in catching up with various infrastructure and development challenges, to get rid of old corruption structures and in stopping new ones in their tracks but these days it is hard to hide corruption and mismanagement. Transparency and freedom of expression tilt the scale to early exposure of wrongdoing.
People are beginning to find voice in negotiating the quality of their lives and it is marvelous that they seek to be part of decision-making regarding their futures and of development.
thanks to everyone who followed and answered this question. as for me, the pride of my country is first of all our people. we are known as the world's most easy going happy bunch of people. even in the face of tragedy, we manage to find a humor out of it. we are also known for our hospitality and helpfulness.
next, are the breathtaking sights and places. truly postcard worthy tourist spots.
also, our world class performers like Lea Salonga, Charice Pempengco, Arnel Pineda of Journey and now American Idol's Jessica Sanchez. In fashion, we have Monique Lhuillier, Oliver Tolentino, Francis Libiran and Michael Cinco. Of course the Pound for Pound King Manny Pacquiao is a proud Pinoy. They are just a few of our country's gems.
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