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Traditions and holidays of Great Britain .
• state traditions • national holidays • religious holidays • public holidays • concerning private life (child's birth, wedding, marriage) • traditional ceremonies English Traditions
Englishmen are proud of their traditions and carefully keep them up. It has been the law for about three hundred years that all the theatres are closed on Sundays. No letters are delivered, only a few Sunday papers are published. To this day an English family prefers a house with a garden to a flat in a modern house with central heating. English people like gardens. Holidays are especially rich in old traditions and are different in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England.
Another interesting feature , which is found almost everywhere in the UK - it's a love for animals . British house must be under the roof of at least one pet.
According to the British tradition of prevailing culture , good manners considered to have a table with tea accessories certainly the fireplace . Living room with fun crackling wood in the fireplace and delightful savoring strong black Indian tea with milk - what could be more blessed that moment !
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS The most popular holiday in Britain is Christmas. People give each other presents and send Christmas cards. The traditional English dinner on Christmas is turkey and pudding. Christmas is a great English national holiday, and in Scotland it is not kept at all, except by clerks in banks; all the shops, mills and factories are working. But six days later, on New Years Eve the Scotch begin to enjoy themselves. All the shops,mills and factories are closed on New Years Day. People invite their friends to their houses and "sit the Old Year out and the New Year in". When the dock begins to strike twelve, the head of the family goes to the entrance door, opens it wide and holds it until the last stroke. Then he shuts the door.
ST. VALENTINE’S DAY – FEBRUARY 14 On this day, people send Valentine cards to their husbands, wives, girlfriends and boyfriends. You can also send a card to a person you do not know.
PANCAKE DAY It takes place in spring and people not only eat pancakes everywhere but run with them .
ST. DAVID’S DAY On the 1st of March each year one can see people walking around London with leeks pinned to their coats. А leek is the national emblem of Wales.
MOTHERS’ DAY People visit their mothers if possible and give them flowers and small presents. If they cannot go they send a “Mothers’ Day card” .
ST. PARTRICK`S DAY It is not a national holiday. It’s an Irish religious holiday. St. Patrick is the patron of Ireland. Irish and Irish Americans celebrate the day .
EASTER Many modern Easter symbols come from ancient time. The egg was a symbol long before the Christian era. The Easter bunny is also originated in pre-Christian time.
APRIL FOOLS’ DAY This is a very old tradition from the Middle Ages. At that time the servants were masters for one day of the year. Now April Fool’s Day is different. It is a day for jokes and tricks.
HALLOWEEN On October 31st British people celebrate Halloween. It is the most colourful and exciting holiday of the year. Halloween is a time for fun .
GUY FAWKES NIGHT— NOVEMBER 5 Guy Fawkes Night is one of the most popular festivals in Great Britain. It commemorates the discovery of the so�called Gunpowder Plot, and is celebrated throughout the country.
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