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So cool to read about everyone's home tradition they miss the most! I'm from England but I've been living in the States for five years and the thing I miss the most is Bonfire Night on November 5th.

The best thing about Bonfire Night is the fireworks, oh, and the bonfires! … and the history behind it. Basically, Guy Fawkes and his friends tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I. They nearly did it too – they hired a room under the House of Parliament and filled it with explosives. But someone told the royal palace. The authorities found Guy Fawkes in the room guarding the explosives, and he was sentenced to torture and death.

So it's a tradition that celebrates the fact that the king survived. It also means people don't forget what happens if you plot against your country. There's a kind of poem about it that starts 'Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot.' That's why we build a 'guy' – a life-size model of Guy Fawkes – and burn it on the bonfire. Pretty dark and horrible when you think about it!

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So nice to read lots of posts of you guys, so much diversity. I'm Brazilian and onw of the most popular celebrations is Festa Junina. It happens every year in June and July to celebrate the christian saints Anthony, John and Peter.
The party has plenty of delicious typical corn based food such as cakes and candys. The traditional beverage is the "quentão", kind of a "hot wine" cooked with some spices, normally cinnamon or ginger. People are gathered around the bonfire and dance the "quadrilha" simulating a marriage ceremony and party.

Good afternoon!
I've enjoyed everyone's traditions in their countries. I feel like they express a lot of the country culture.
In my country, I think the most famous tradition is the 'Semana Santa' or Holy Week. It's not my favorite one, but I have to admit that it is quite impressive.
If you aren't from Spain and you haven't heard from it, I think you would be surprised. It consists in carrying the sculpture of different saints on the different days of the week, and everyone that is a member of the brotherhood of each saint, participates on the procession, by carrying some elements that represent parts of the history, like a candle, a rule book or a guiding cross. Most of the participants wear long robes and hoods for the procession.
This whole tradition is made to conmemorate the life and death of Jesus Christ.

Hi everyone!! I really glad to read about your traditions. And I'll be very happy if you know about traditions in my country. I am from Belarus. And one of the most popular celebrations here is The Dozhinki Festival. This weird word means 'end of harvest'. It is celebrated in our villages every years. The most important that the sponsors choose constantly different countrysides.The best workers of the agro-industrial complex are awarded there. This Festival also has the own emblem. Its a flag with golden ears. The celebration lasts 2 days. In a first we have ceremonial part, performance of folk groups and etc. In a second - a fair and concerts in open areas. The Dozhinki Festival lasts until 1996. At that period it was in a 49 cities and its just the beginning. And I'll be very grateful if u want to visit our incredible holidays.

We actually have a celebration in Egypt which is really similar to the Bon Fire night on November 5th . We also make a model of a person and burn it on the bon fire and there is a song about it too. In addition the history is similar in the means that it was an intruder who was caught and punished by the people of Port Saiid during the tripartite aggression in 1956 . However , it is celebrated On the spring feast which is held according to the Coptic Calender so the exact date changes from year to another .

So interesting to read the different traditions of your countries! I always lived in Uruguay, a little country from South America, We have one popular traditions well known across the world: Uruguayans drink mate (it's a hot drink and a tea infusion) wherever they go, we use thermos instead of a kettle to prepare the infusion.

Personally, I don't enjoy drinking it because the flavor is pretty bitter, but almost everyone love to go out with friends, family or alone carrying a thermo under the arm.

Others traditions are football, asado (meat) and Carnaval.

It`s very interesting to know about traditions and culture of others country. I am cuban but I have been in Madrid since 2011. In Cuba there are many festivals , but I prefer Cubadisco Festivals on May14th.
A lots foreing and local musicians are meet in the Havana and share their arts

Good to know other traditions around the world. Well in my country, Chile, it's a tradition to celebrate de independence day on 18 September. We usually celebrate about 3 days in which people doesn't work or do anything related to "daily obligations". Partys, barbeque, and lots of wine and other chilean drinks are very classic in this celebration. There's a tradicional dance called "la cueca" which is known and performed by every chilean who can walk because this dance is tough since kindergarden to the kids. All I can say is that it is my favorite time of the year because I can have a good time with my friends and family.

There are many traditions in my country like Chaharshanbe souri, Yalda night, Norooz, Tiregan and so on, but I always have preferred Yalda night that it is a happy night and very important for Iranian people. Yalda night is at the beginning of the winter. It is celebrated on 30th of Azar in solar calendar.

Yalda night is the longest night of the year. Do you know that Yalda night is one minute longer than all nights? Because it seems to us, the darkness was a symbol of the devil. We are up till midnight and turn on fire to get rid of the devil and celebrate it with family. Therefore all families get together in the house of the oldest family member. This old tradition is related to Zoroastrianism.

We usually cook Fish and rice for that night. The most important things that we eat are watermelon, nuts, and pomegranate. We believe that we should serve forty types of foods. But pomegranate and red color are symbol of that night. People would like to wear red dresses, design their home with this color and serve foods in red dishes. We often turn on red candles. We read a poem of Hafez for each person and believe that Hafez's poems show our destiny. We listen to music and usually dance.

I enjoyed your comment a lot. I remembered all those nice memories I had back home. I hope all the joy and happiness will come back to our country one day.

I loved to know about culture and traditions of other countries.
I live in Brazil and here there a lot of traditions about everything. (smiles)...
Actually, the most important Brazilian tradition is the "Carnaval".
Who never listened about our "Carnaval"? It's a very beautiful party that takes in February ou march of each year. I love to see the samba school parade for the TV, because is very expensive to whatchs in the places, like Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. But is very impressive.

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