Many festivals and holidays in Britainare very old. Every town, village inBritain has its own traditions, some ofthem are carefully planned.
Christmas is celebrated on the 25thDecember. It is the time when Christiansaround the world celebrate the birth of Jesus.Most people are on holiday in the UK and stayat home with their family on Christmas day.Christmas Day is the favourite day for children.They wake up very early in the morning to findtheir stockings have been filled by FatherChristmas
Boxing Day is usually celebrated on thefollowing day after Christmas Day. It isthe day to open the Christmas Box toshare the contents with the poor. BoxingDay is the day when families gettogether. It is a day of watching sportsand playing board games with thefamily. Many families go on walks in thecountryside.
New Years Day is the first day of the year, in theGregorian calendar. All over Britain there are parties,fireworks, singing and dancing, to ring out the oldyear and ring in the new. As the clock - Big Ben -strikes midnight, people link arms and sing a song.
6 January Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, marks theend of the Christmas and New Yearseason for most people in the UnitedKingdom (UK). It is also an occasion forChristians to celebrate the three kings(or wise mens) visit to Jesus shortly afterhis birth and Jesus baptism.
People with romantic feelings for aparticular person may send thatperson cards, gifts and text messageson Valentines Day. Popular giftsinclude chocolates and flowers.
1April A day of jokes and tricks. You haveto play the joke before 12 o’clockmidday, otherwise the joke is on you.No one really knows when thiscustom began but it has been kept forhundreds of years.The First of April, some do sayIs set apart for All Fools Day;But why the people call it so,Not I, nor they themselves do know.
Mothering Sunday, sometimesknown as Mothers Day, is heldon the fourth Sunday of Lent. It isexactly three weeks before EasterSunday and usually falls in thesecond half of March or thebeginning of April.Traditionally, people visited thechurch where they werebaptized. People visit and takegifts to their mothers andgrandmothers.
Good Friday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom.It falls just before Easter Sunday. People who regularlyattend church will probably attend a special churchservice on Good Friday. For other people, it is a day offwork in the spring. Some people use the day to work intheir gardens, while others take advantage of the longEaster weekend and the school holidays at this timeofyear to take a short vacation.
Easter usually comes in the month ofApril. However, Easter can fall as earlyas March 22 or as late as April 25. Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom istraditionally about Jesus Christsresurrection from death, according toChristian belief. However, many peopleuse the day to decorate Easter eggs,share chocolate eggs and participate inEaster egg competitions. Easter is thetime for holidays, festivals.
Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary)was born on 21 April, 1926 at 17 BrutonStreet, London. Her birthday is officiallycelebrated in Britain on the second Saturday ofJune each year. The day is referred to as “theTrooping of the Colour”, the official name is“the Queen’s Birthday Parade”.
The official birthday of QueenElizabeth II is marked by a militaryparade known as Trooping theColour (Carrying of the Flag). EachJune, the Queen and othermembers of the Royal Family attendthe Trooping the Colour ceremonyon Horse Guards Parade.
St. Georges Day is on 23 April. It is Englandsnational day. St Georges Day in the UnitedKingdom remembers St George, Englands patronsaint. The anniversary of his death, which is onApril 23, is seen as Englands national day.According to legend, he was a soldier in theRoman army who killed a dragon and saved aprincess.
The first Monday of May is a bank holiday in the UnitedKingdom. It called May Day in England, Wales andNorthern Ireland. It is known as the Early May Bank Holidayin Scotland. It probably originated as a Roman festivalhonoring the beginning of the summer season. In morerecent times, it has been as a day to campaign for andcelebrate workers rights.
The last Monday in May is a bank holiday.Many organizations, businesses andschools are closed. Some people chooseto take a short trip or vacation. Others usethe time to walk in the country, catch upwith family and friends, visit gardencenters or do home maintenance.
In England, Wales and NorthernIreland, the summer bank holiday is onthe last Monday of August. In Scotland itis on the first Monday of August. Thisday marks the end of the summerholidays for many people who return towork or school in the autumn.
From the 19th Century to the present day, 31st October has increasingly acquired a reputation as a night on which ghost, witches, and fairies, are especially active. Halloween celebrations include costume parties where people dress as witches, ghosts, and animal figures associated with HalloweenSkyline Auckland Waterfront
Remembrance Day is on 11 November. Itis a special day set aside to remember allthose men and women who were killedduring the two World Wars and otherconflicts. At 11am on each RemembranceSunday a two minute silence is observed atwar memorials and other public spacesacross the UK. Town Centre View of Town
Children wake up very early in the morning to find their__________ have been filled by Father Christmas.