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
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..
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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).