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Happy 42nd UAE National Day!

Yesterday was UAE National Day proper. National Day is Magdalena's favorite holiday. I think it's because it's the only holiday around here that is universally celebrated in a very visual way, what with the light displays and flags hanging up and UAE-themed dresses/shirts/caps/wigs:

It took me three trips to this store over the last few weeks to finally believe that yes, that is Britney Spears.

The kids dressed up to go visit the Emirati celebrations on campus last week.

They also dressed up on their unexpected day off.

And they will dress up again for the rescheduled celebration at school on Thursday.

Singing the UAE national anthem, in a photo:
and a video (she gets a little iffy on the second verse):

Of historical interest: National Day 2010 was not a very big deal. There were lights and decorations and such, but it was not a day off and there was no official logo. But when the 40th National Day happened in 2011, all of a sudden we got two days off and the decorations were kicked up a notch. That standard has been maintained ever since. Neat.

Kennedy and Somali pirates

Righteous indignation