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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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Wow! there are so many comments from different people from different part of the world. I born in India and amazing thing is I am still living here, just a joke! India is vast country and abode of many different culture and ethnic groups and each groups perform their rituals. There is one big celebration takes places during the month of Oct every year and called "Dussehra", it is celebration of "Good win over bad". People makes effigy of "Ravana" and his brother "Kumbhakarana" and his son "Meghnatha". There is a long story in short, Ravana was a bad figure and abducted wife of Lord Rama, who was great warrior and consider to be God and worshiped many parts of the world. Lord Rama along with his brother Laxmana and other kinds fought with Ravana and his army and defeat him.
People celebrate this win every year and burn the effigies and distributes sweets. I am sure, almost all the countries in the world celebrate similar festivals. Wishing everyone to enjoy life.

Hi there
It's so interesting to read about all your traditions. I am from Argentina but I live in Barcelona since 1991. When I came here I had known the "Tió", an ancient Catalonian tradition. The "Tió" it's a piece of firewood. Days before Christmas we put the piece of firewood covered with a blanket. Then the children "feed" it. They give it fruits and bread, that disappears mysteriously. It eats the food, of course. The Christmas day, after lunch they hit it with a stick while they sing a traditional song, and then under the blanket that covered the "Tió" appear gifts for everybody. In Catalonia, we don't use to celebrate Christmas eve. The 25th of December families have lunch together. The main dish is "Escudella i carn d'olla". The first dish is a soup, made of a broth with a pasta called "Galets". As a second dish, we eat the meat and vegetables used to prepare the broth. The day after, the 26th, we celebrate "Sant Esteve", and we prepare "cannelloni" with the meat left from the day before.

So interesting to read about everyone's home tradition they enjoy the most. I'm form Tunisia and many of our traditions have changed to fit in better in a society led by western thinking. Fortunately, some of our heritage, like Aid Al Fitr, remains. Basciallay, it's a religious celebration. It's the day after the end of the holy month of Ramadan. We have fasted for a whole month, and we literally cannot wait to get back to eating as much as we want and whenever we want. Let's be honest here, Aid al Fitr is the perfect occasion, food is all around us. So we spend those two days of Aid eating Tunisian pastries and succulent foods. Also, relatives visit each other and spend some time together. It's also an occasion for kids to get spoiled. It's like Christmas for them. They get gifts and money (called mahba) from relatives. Besides food and family, we like to pamper ourselves and buy new clothes in order to look fantastic for the two days of celebration.

Hi everyone I'm from Armenia I would like to tell about one cool tradition
which I love very much. We call the day of celebration 'Vardavar' or 'Jroci'
the day is not fixed we celebrate on the hottest day of summer. It is the day when you can't just walk in the streets someone for sure will try to drench
you with water all the people in cities and villages go out and play old and yang ones. It is really very funny you can see sights when policeman and
fireman play using the big and scary machines to drench people with water
if liked this story and want to have a part in water festival and have a fine with us I invite you to Armenia in summer

I never imagined how many different interesting holidays are in teh world.
Thanks for all you for your stories!
I would like to tell you about East Slavic holiday Maslenica, that is widely celebrated in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. It came to us from the pagan times and is dedicated to the border between Winter and Spring.
Maslenica is celebrated in late winter or early spring and lasts for a week. People cook and eat pancakes a lot, visit relatives and friends. The main holiday is on the last day of the week - on Sunday. On the squares of villages and towns are organised funny competition (like pillow fight and climbing on wooden pole and another), sledging and, of course, cooking pancakes. At the end the celebration people burn a figure of Maslenica (image of the outgoing winter).
I love this holiday because it is funny and, of course, because I love pancakes!

There are a lot of interesting traditions from people around the world that you can read in the other posts.
I´m from Colombia and a big tradition for us is to celebrate Christmas with the "Novenas". For 9 days, from 16th to 24th December, we get together with our families and friends to share traditional food, songs and some prayers too.

Hello, I am from Turkey and there are a lot of tradition from my country. For example, At the small towns in wedding days, The groom and his friends gather at the square and go to the bride's home walking through the streets with their torch. Also they pray demanding good fortune for the bride and the groom.

It's really interesting to know other countries' traditional activities! I want to share Spring Festival of China I love most. It's on different dates every year because we celebrate this festival on New Year's Eve according to our lunar calendar.
Traditionally, there is a big family reunion for the New Year and lanterns hanging in front of the door, pointing the way home. Before midnight, family members together make dumplings and watch annual Spring Festival Gala when waiting for the coming of next year. Firecracker and fireworks cannot be absent and even the sound can last the whole night. On the next day, you also wake up by the loud sound of firecrackers.

I am from Iran and the traditional celebration that I like the most is Nowroz.Basicllay, beginning of the Iranian new year is celebrated as Nowroz and continued for 13 days. In the first day, we have Haftsin which includes 7 things that their first sound is S in Persian language and each of them is a symbol. In other days we visit our relatives to wish them a happy new 13th day of Nowroz we go nature, play games and eat traditional foods.

hey , it is nice to know about different countries tradition and their celebration.
I am from india .India is well known for its traditions and beliefs. India has diverse people and each of them have different tradition .I am going to write about Pongal celebration.Pongal is mainly to tributed the farmer.People worship Sun ,Cow ,Nature ,Farmer who all provides people the food.It is four day celebration .