Traditional images like the Beefeaters at the Tower, the horse guards in Whitehall, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Old superstitions are nowadays losing their meaning.
Miraculous crop circles , circular areas made up of complex patterns in fields of crops which become flat overnight, are becoming established as a new phenomenon in national folklore by ghosts believers
April Fool’s Day – 1 April, playing practical jokes on others M ust be done before midday, otherwise the joke is on you !
Easter – lasts for 4 days , from Good Friday to Easter Monday . O n the Friday small sweet rolls, toasted with butter and containing currants, with a cross on top representing the wooden cross Jesus died on, are eaten . On Easter Sunday Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Chocolate eggs are given to each other and an Easter Egg Hunt is a tradition among families with children.
The London Marathon – attracts up to 30,000 competitors, about 25,000 usually finish it
St George’s Day – 23 April, the English national day
The London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally – veteran cars, built before 1905, are driven from the capital to Brighton. The performance, presentation matter , not speed!
Guy Fawkes’ Night = Bonfire Night – 5 Nov marks the attempt of the Catholics, led by Guy Fawkes, to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James the 1st in 1605. Nowadays celebrated by setting off fireworks and burning home-made figures of Guy Fawkes on big bonfires.
Remembrance Day – Poppy Day, on the Sunday nearest to 11 Nov to commemorate the people killed in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. Many people wear red poppies . There is a 2 minute silence at 11.00.
Christmas (Xmas) - traditional and religious celebrations, a time of family reunion, good food and lots of relaxation. On Christmas Day children find their presents. A traditional Christmas dinner includes a roast turkey with potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, followed by Christmas pudding and cake.
New Year’s Eve – many people gather in London ( Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus ) or in Edinburgh to sing “ Auld Lang Syne ” , dance and have fun. After that people in Scotland and the north of England go “first footing”, they are expected to be tall dark men and bring good luck.