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What do you know about customs and traditions of Great Britain? What is the difference between customs and traditions? Are they similar to our traditions?
And how do think what about we are going to talk?
The them of our lesson is: “Customs and traditions of Great Britain”
British nation is considered to be the most conservative in Europe. It is not a secret that every nation and every country has its own customs and traditions. In Great Britain people attach greater importance to traditions and customs than in other European countries. Englishmen are proud of their traditions and carefully keep them up. The best examples are their queen, money system, their weights and measures.
The basic customs and traditions of Great Britain: - Strict adherence to laws, regulations; - Drive on the left; - hospitality
- The organization of festivals (for example, the May Flower Festival in Chelsea, "Caribbean Carnival", the Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama "On the Edge» («Fringe»); international music festival (annual), Queen's Birthday); - Sporting events (horse races "Big National Cup Steeple Chez"; Royal Regatta; "Boat Race" on the Thames; "Cowes Week-Week" (yachting) national championship in football, tennis (Wimbledon cup);
- Cricket : static slow play , very boring , uninteresting observers . Inexperienced viewers do not know all the features and tricks cricket ; - Entertainment in small pubs - checkers, chess , darts, - where else can you meet a similar kind of "extreme" games? ; - The ability to listen ; - " O’K " : UK tradition to express approval of the word " good " confuse foreigners , visitors do not realize that if the British scoff and sneer , whether they do all sorts of emotions are absent ; - Unusual traditions of Great Britain at the expense of a sense of humor , jokes : laugh at the royal family , religion , absurd things - well, it is not considered disrespectful to the object of ridicule ;
Unusual traditions of UK operating until recently: - Three-level non-decimal monetary system operated until 1971; - British long resisted against standard measures of length, reluctantly agreed to change inches to centimeters, yards to meters, and miles – for kilometers; - Pint now replaced liters, although the old-fashioned, often use in conversation earlier volume measures
National holidays and traditions of Great Britain, during which most government agencies do not work: New Year (1 January 2), St. Patrick's Day (March 17), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas Day, "Glorious July 12."
May Day - Maypole Dancing On May Day, people used to cut down young trees and stick them in the ground in the village to mark the arrival of summer. People danced around the tree poles in celebration of the end of winter and the start of the fine weather that would allow planting to begin.
Hock tide Hock tide is a very old term used to denote the Monday and Tuesday in the week following the second Tuesday after Easter. The origin of the term and the occasion which gave the festival birth are keenly controverted by antiquarians
Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester in the Cotswold's region of England It is traditionally by and for the people of Brock worth – the local village, but now people from all over the world take part. The event takes its name from the hill on which it occurs.
Pearly King and Queen Pearly Kings and Queens, known as pearlies, are an organized charitable tradition of working class culture in London, England. The practice of wearing clothes decorated with pearl buttons originated in the 19th century. It is first associated with Henry Croft, an orphan street sweeper who collected money for charity. In 1911 an organized pearly society was formed in Finchley, north London.
Guy Fawkes Night
Guy Fawkes Night (or “bonfire night”), held on 5 November in the United Kingdom and some parts of the Commonwealth, is a commemoration of the plot, during which an effigy of Fawkes is burned, often accompanied by a fireworks display. The word “guy”, meaning “man” or “person”, is derived from his name. Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish in the Low Countries, belonged to a group of Catholic Restorationists from England who planned the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Their aim was to displace Protestant rule by blowing up the Houses of Parliament while King James I and the entire Protestant, and even most of the Catholic, aristocracy and nobility were inside. The conspirators saw this as a necessary reaction to the systematic discrimination against English Catholics. The Gunpowder Plot was led by Robert Catesby, but Fawkes was put in charge of its execution. He was arrested a few hours before the planned explosion, during a search of the cellars underneath Parliament in the early hours of 5 November prompted by the receipt of an anonymous warning letter. Basically it’s a celebration of the failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
Ascot Ladies Day Ascot Racecourse is a famous English racecourse, located in the small town of Ascot, Berkshire, used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 9 of the UK’s 32 annual Group 1 races, the same number as Newmarket. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family, being approximately six miles from Windsor Castle, and owned by the Crown Estate.
Bog Snorkeling Yes indeed, you read correctly, bog snorkeling. If any of you ever doubted that us Brits are mad, this should make up your minds for you. Basically participants dive into a bog, wearing goggles, a pair of flippers and a snorkel, they then proceed to race each other along a 120ft trench filled with mud. Held every year the participants come from all over the world and raise lots of money for charity
Worm Charming Worm charming is a way to of attracting earthworms from the ground. Many do it to collect bait for fishing. But there are also those who do it as sort of sport. The village of Willaston, near Nantwich, Cheshire is the place where since 1980 the annual World Championships have been organized. The competition was actually initiated by local man Tom Shufflebotham who on the 5th of July, 1980 charmed 511 worms from the ground in only half an hour.
Morris Dancing A Morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers. In a small number of dances for one or two men, steps are performed near and across a pair of clay tobacco pipes laid across each other on the floor.
Tasks Work in groups of three or four Discussion Compare, by making the diagram Role play
Discussion “How do you think do the customs play the main role in their life and how?”
compare customs and traditions of Kazakhstan and Great Britain
. Role play prepare the speech of the Queen for New Year imagine that you are in Englishman, give us some jokes about Queen or church try to explain the foreigner how to play cricket Explain why you appreciate the old traditions
Write the definitions of the statements Boat Race Bonfire Night Cricket Morris Dancing Halloween Worm Charming Ascot Ladies Day Pearly King and Queen Maypole Dancing Hock tide Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill
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