The importance of a national anthem.
I’m sure everyone’s been in a situation in their life where they’ve had to stand for a national anthem of their respective country. If you’re French, Italian, Spanish or especially American I’m sure you passionately belt out the anthem of your nation at any given opportunity. As a Welshman my national anthem is of great significance to me and you can rest assured that when the time comes this Saturday I’ll be standing in front of the television with my right hand over my heart singing at the top of my voice and I’m sure that most of the millennium stadium will be too. So why are the national anthems of the respective Countries of such significance? Why are they even sung before the game? If you read my previous article you would know that this tradition was actually started by the Welsh team of 1905 when they sung “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” in response to the New Zealand Haka. But are they of any benefit to the players? Well actually I can confirm that the answer is YES. , national anthems constitute a powerful tool to evoke nationalism and pride in individuals, according to the first empirical exploration on the effect of national anthems on social identity. Undertaken by Dr. Avi Gilboa and Dr. Ehud Bodner of BarIlan.