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Bastille Day

Today is a special day for me and my friends in France. It is their Independence Day, also known as Bastille Day. I was born and raised in Tahiti, so I celebrate Bastille Day because I am a French citizen (and have a European passport which allows me many travel benefits I am grateful for.)


Photo by Joe deSousa

Tahiti is the main island of French Polynesia which encompasses 118 islands and atolls. We speak French and we have our own language, Tahitian. We are a French country since February 2004, and therefore our motto is the same: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity."

We sing La Marseillaise on this day but we also have our own territorial anthem called, "Ia Ora O Tahiti Nui." We do have a president of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, but that's all I'm mentioning about politics.


So yes, I celebrate today just as much as I proudly honor and celebrate the 4th of July!


So Happy Bastille Day to all French out there, and especially to all my Tahitian Family! Xoxo



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