UK Bank holidays and     festivals
Burns Night (January 25th)Burns Night is celebration of the life and poetry of poet Robert Burns. It isan important date o...
Valentine’s Day (February 14th)Every February couples across Britain get allloved up for Valentines Day. On February 14 th...
Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day)      (Any Sunday from March 2nd to April                     3rd)A day all about saying th...
St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th)This started as an traditional Irish celebration oftheir patron saint - Patrick. These days ...
Easter Sunday (Any Sunday between March            22nd and April 25th)Celebrated all over the world, traditionally Easter...
April Fools’ Day (April 1st)On April 1st each year everyone plays pranks (ortricks/practical jokes) on each other until mi...
Halloween (October 31st)On Halloween the UK becomes a spooky, scaryplace full of monsters, zombies, witches andvampires. E...
Bonfire Night (November 5th)This night commemorates an attempt to blow up theEnglish Houses of Parliament hundreds of year...
Christmas Day (December 25th)The English Christmas celebrations include the beautifulChristmas music, decorated Christmas ...
Boxing Day (December 26th)Nothing actually to do with boxing, this is the day afterChristmas day and is all about recoveri...
New Year’s Eve (December 31st)New Year’s Eve is a big deal in the UK as it is in almostevery country around the world. The...
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  1. 1. UK Bank holidays and festivals
  2. 2. Burns Night (January 25th)Burns Night is celebration of the life and poetry of poet Robert Burns. It isan important date on the calendar in Scotland and usually consists of asupper celebrating everything Scottish. This usually includes eatinghaggis, drinking lots of Scotch whisky and reciting Burns’ poetry
  3. 3. Valentine’s Day (February 14th)Every February couples across Britain get allloved up for Valentines Day. On February 14 thcouples go out for romantic meals, give eachother gifts and cards and generally treat the daylike a second anniversary..
  4. 4. Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) (Any Sunday from March 2nd to April 3rd)A day all about saying thank you to Mums across thecountry (and world). Sons and daughters buy theirmothers flowers and cards and cook for them or takethem for a meal out. Basically anything that makes mumfeel special
  5. 5. St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th)This started as an traditional Irish celebration oftheir patron saint - Patrick. These days it iscelebrated throughout the UK and across theworld wherever there is a large Irish population(like many parts of the USA).
  6. 6. Easter Sunday (Any Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th)Celebrated all over the world, traditionally Easter Sundayis a Christian holiday to celebrate Jesus rising from thedead. Though there are still strong religious ties for manypeople, it is now also just as well known for the chocolateeggs and Easter bunny in the UK.
  7. 7. April Fools’ Day (April 1st)On April 1st each year everyone plays pranks (ortricks/practical jokes) on each other until midday.The pranks can vary in size and how complicatedthey are, but they are always very funny. For justa few hours the UK goes mad
  8. 8. Halloween (October 31st)On Halloween the UK becomes a spooky, scaryplace full of monsters, zombies, witches andvampires. Everyone dresses up in monstercostumes and celebrates everything that is scary.
  9. 9. Bonfire Night (November 5th)This night commemorates an attempt to blow up theEnglish Houses of Parliament hundreds of years ago bya man called Guy Fawkes. Thankfully he wasn’tsuccessful and all that came out of it was a spectacularevening of bonfires and fireworks each year
  10. 10. Christmas Day (December 25th)The English Christmas celebrations include the beautifulChristmas music, decorated Christmas Trees and hang upevergreen branches. The English gift giver is called FatherChristmas and he wears a long red or green robe, and leavespresents in stockings on Christmas Eve. However, the giftsare not usually opened until the following afternoon.In England the traditional Christmas dinner is roast turkey withvegetables and sauces. For dessert it is rich, fruity Christmaspudding with brandy sauce. Mince pies, pastry cases filled with amixture of chopped dried fruit
  11. 11. Boxing Day (December 26th)Nothing actually to do with boxing, this is the day afterChristmas day and is all about recovering from the excessesof the day before. It is a public holiday that these days mostpeople in the UK use to see family, go shopping (the post-Christmas sales start on Boxing Day) or watch some of thevarious sporting events that happen.
  12. 12. New Year’s Eve (December 31st)New Year’s Eve is a big deal in the UK as it is in almostevery country around the world. The British have a veryparticular way of celebrating the New Year that mainlyinvolves partying and getting very ‘jolly’ (that is code for‘drunk’ in Britain).
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