Traditions are an important part of our national identity and should be preserved at all costs Name: Martine I agree that traditions are an important part of our national identity and should be preserved. I love keeping traditions of my home country, Norway. I think the reason for that is that because I live in Singapore they aren’t easily maintained for me. That makes me value my traditions much more when I visit Norway during vacations. Since I don’t live in Norway it’s difficult to keep the same customs and traditions as my friends and family do in Norway. Since they are difficult to maintain I feel that my national identity is fading away. Therefore, it isn’t always easy to preserve traditions, even though you feel that it is important for you. However, I don’t believe they should be maintained at all cost. If you are an expat, living in a different country than your home country, maybe it is inappropriate to carry out your own traditions in that country. This can be due to rules or disrespect towards cultures. For example if a group of Australians dressed in Santa Clause costumes would run around at the beaches in Israel that would be seen as very rude and disrespectful due to the fact that Jews don’t celebrate Christmas. This illustrates that maybe all traditions should not be preserved at all cost.
In conclusion, I believe traditions are an important part of our national identity and should be preserved, but not if it shows disrespect to other cultures, because that can lead to fading or weakening of the national identity of those cultures.