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Holidays and Traditions in Great Britain Created by Irina Yanchenko, English teacher, Starye Bobovichi
Content: 1. Christmas Day 2. Boxing Day 3. New Year`s Eve 4. New Year`s Day 5. Saint Valentine`s Day 6. Pancake Day 7. April Fools Day 8. Good Friday 9. Easter Day 10. May Day 11. Chelsea Flower Show 12. The Queen`s Official Birthday 13. Hallowe`en 14. Guy Fawke`s Night 15. Remembrance Day
On the 25th of December there is the greatest holiday of all in England – Christmas. It is the time when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus. People buy a Christmas tree and decorate it with toys, coloured balls, lights and send X-mas cards to their friends and relatives. 25 25
Many families hang large brightly coloured Christmas stockings over the fireplace or on the walls of their homes during Christmastime in the hopes that Santa Claus will fill them with toys and treats. Christmas Stockings
Christmas Day is the favourite day for children. They wake up very early in the morning to find their stockings have been filled by Father Christmas. 25
Santa Claus Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas or simply "Santa", is an old man who brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening of Christmas Eve.
Santa Claus lives at the NORTH POLE, with a large number of magical elves, and nine (originally eight) flying reindeer. Santa Claus
Christmas Carols Christmas carols and caroling in the old world was a mix of singing and dancing and was practiced for all festivals throughout the year. When Christmas was firmly established to be celebrated on December 25th, many of the existing carols were sung on that day and new ones written to celebrate Christmas.
Dashing through the snow, In a one-horse open sleigh, O'er the fields we go, Laughing all the way. Bells on bobtail ring, Making spirits bright. What fun it is to ride and sing, A sleighing song tonight. Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way, Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh. Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way, Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh. Jingle bells
Christmas Gifting The idea of presenting people you love with gifts is as old as the human race. The idea of exchanging gifts at Christmas time originated with the birth of Jesus. back
Boxing Day is usually celebrated on the following day after Christmas Day. It is the day to open the Christmas Box to share the contents with the poor. Boxing Day is the day when families get together. It is a day of watching sports and playing board games with the family. Many families go on walks in the countryside. back
New Year’s Eve is celebrated on the 31st of December. Most people see with friends and relatives. At midnight they sing New Year songs and wish 31 back
1 New Year's Day is the first day of the year. All over Britain there are parties, fireworks, singing and dancing, to ring out the old year and ring in the new. As the clock - Big Ben strikes midnight, people link arms and sing a song. Auld Lang Syne.
1 New Year`Day is the beginning of the new year. Many people make resolutions. They promise themselves to improve their business and health. Schoolchildren decide to do their best to study better and obey their parents and teachers. back
People with romantic feelings for a particular person may send that person cards, gifts and text messages on Valentine's Day. Popular gifts include chocolates and flowers. Saint Valentine`s Day 14 back
Pancake Day March Pancake Day is celebrated on Shrove Tuesday in spring at the beginning of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days before Easter. Pancake Day is traditionally a day of celebration, the last day that you can eat what you want until Easter.
Pancake Day On this day in England families usually have pancakes for dinner. Pancake Day is a funny custom. It is famous for an unusual race with frying pans and pancakes. Competitors have to throw it in the air and catch it again in the pan. March back
A day of jokes and tricks. You have to play the joke before 12 o’clock midday, otherwise the joke is on you. No one really knows when this custom began but it has been kept for hundreds of years.
The First of April, some do say Is set apart for All Fools Day; But why the people call it so, Not I, nor they themselves do know.
There are rules to this game. Your trick must be harmless. 2. Your victim must believe you. 3. Your trickery must make your victim at least smile (or better yet, laugh) when you shout "April Fool's!" Otherwise, it does not qualify as an April Fool's Day trick. back
Good Friday The Friday before Easter. The church marks the death of Christ. April British usually eat hot-cross buns, which are marked on top with cross.
Good Friday April Good Friday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom. People who regularly attend church will probably attend a special church service on Good Friday. For other people, it is a day off work in spring. Some people use the day to work in their gardens, while others take advantage of the long Easter weekend. back
Easter is a very important festival in Great Britain. Easter usually comes in April and it is always on Sunday. The wish for this day: ”Happy Easter!” There are many funny symbols and interesting traditions on this day. Easter Sunday
One of the symbols of Easter is Easter Bunny. Easter Sunday In the UK, children believe that if they behave well, the Easter bunny brings chocolate eggs for them.
Easter Sunday At home the children arrange this "hunt" for chocolate Easter eggs, which are hidden in the house or garden. back
May Day May Day is on the first Monday of May. It is a pagan festival to celebrate the end of winter and welcome summer. Children dance around the maypole and sing songs. May back
In May is Britain’s most important flower and garden show. Many people come to see the prize flowers and specially built gardens. Chelsea Flower Show May back
The Queen`s Official Birthday June Queen Elizabeth II was born on the 21st of April, 1926. Her birthday is officially celebrated on the second Saturday of June each year. It is marked by a military parade known as Trooping the Colour (Carrying of the Flag).
Trooping The Colour June There is a lot of marching, military music and the soldiers are dressed in colourful uniforms. Each June, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family attend the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade. back
31 Hallowe`en is an old English holiday of joke. It is the last night in October when ghosts, witches and fairies are especially active. Long ago people believed in ghosts. They thought that the dead came back to their homes on Hallowe`en and walked around all night.
31 Hallowe`en Hallowe`en celebrations include costume parties where people dress as witches, ghosts, goblins and monsters. They are said to be used to scare off demons.
31 Hallowe`en Many children dressed in costumes knock on their neighbors' doors and yell: Trick or treat, trick or treat, Give us something good to eat, Give us candy, give us cake, Give us something sweet to take. Give us cookies, fruit and gum, Hurry up and give us some. You had better do it quick, Or we`ll surely play a trick.
31 Hallowe`en The symbol of this holiday is “Jack o`lantern”. Houses are decorated with pumpkins. Children make lanterns out of pumpkins. back
Guy Fawke’s Night 5 Guy Fawke`s Night is on the 5th of November. Guy Fawkes was a terrorist. The day marks the discovery of a plot to blow up Parliament in 1605. People in Britain light fireworks and burn a straw guy on a big bonfire. This celebration is often associated with collecting money for charity. back
View of Town Town Centre Remembrance Day is on the 11th of November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. 11
View of Town Town Centre At 11 am on each Remembrance Sunday a two minute silence is observed at war memorials and other public spaces across the UK. 11
Many festivals and holidays in Britain are very old. Every town and village has its own traditions, some of them are carefully planned.
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