— Domani Spero
Actually no, the season officially opened last month when U.S. Embassy Kathmandu celebrated the 238th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America on February 22, 2014. Nepal’s Vice President Paramananda Jha was the main guest at the event. According to Ambassador Peter W. Bodde’s prepared speech, this was the second year the embassy celebrated July 4th early “in the hopes of escaping monsoon weather.” Also, they chose this week “because in February we honor the birthdays of two of our great presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.” Eleven members of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Band based in Okinawa, Japan entertained the guests at the chief of mission residence. More photos are available here.
So, US Embassy Nepal had officially bumped off US Embassy Muscat for the first July 4th celebration of 2014. On March 25, 2014, the US Embassy in Oman hosted its 238th Independence Day event. According to ONA, Greta Christine Holtz, the US ambassador to the Sultanate gave a speech during which she affirmed the deep-rooted relations binding Omanis and Americans. In 2013, the embassy celebrated July 4th on May 24. More photos available here. In 2012, we did, Chew on This: US Embassy Oman Celebrates 4th of July (in February) with Fast Food Sponsors. It looks like they no longer display prominently the event’s corporate sponsors.
This year, we hope to do a Fourth of July fashion or food round-up. Give us a heads up if you have something interesting at post.
- Bodde pays a courtesy call on Regmi (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Bodde Stresses In Improving Nepal’s Economy (thecorporateweekly.wordpress.com)
- Nepal Halts Tibetan Anniversary Protests (voanews.com)
- After popular protests, Oman starts to pursue graft (firstpost.com)
- After popular protests, Oman starts to pursue graft (gulfnews.com)
- Oman-Iran plan causeway over Hormouz (gulfnews.com)