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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 cool that there are a lot of comments about everyone's home tradition. I've been living in Vietnam since I was born. My country has several fascinating cultural traditions. I love all of them, especially making Banh Chung (sticky rice cake) during the Vietnamese New Year. Banh Chung is usually made of sticky rice, along with pork meat, and green bean, all wrapped in the shape of a perfect square with the leaf from a local plant called Dong. And then Vietnamese would place them on ancestors' altars till cook them one or two days before New Year. This is the chance for all of us to reuniting after a long journey far away from home. I'm sure it is the most meaningful of our wholelife time. The material of Banh chung is not only these things I told you above, it's also be made from each members' of families love and effort. In conclusion, this activity has become an indispensable part of our traditions whenever Tet approaches.

Hello everyone! Its so interesting for me to read traditions and stories which I didnt know. I living in Kazakhstan and Im really interesting to visit in other countries. How that feels? Really exciting! As all i like to celebrate such holidays like Christmas,New Year,International womens day and so on. Especially holidays which isnt celebrated in my country like Helloween,Chinese New Year,Bonfire Night and Christmas day. When I was a child I frequently read fairy tales and these holidays often mentioned in the books. Also I often watched movies about Christmas Day and about other holidays. In my country we celebrate spring Holiday Nauryz in March.Nauryz is Kazakh new yearand is a very essential day for Kazakhs.Do you hear or know about this? It is the day when your closest and friends gathered together to celebrate this brightly moment. Theres lot of games ,songs,dances and also dishes like besbarmak, qazy qarta,koje and drinks as qymyz and shubat.In this holiday the flowers starts to blossom and birds starts to singing. Its holiday make people happy and joyful.During Nauryz celebrations , past offences are forgiven and forgotten and everybody makes a wish to leave all badness behind and bring renewal in the New Year.
Recently we celebrated Nauryz with family at home because we couldnt go outside and celebrate this moment with relatives and friends due to Coronavirus.(( But I hope that in the next year we will celebrate this holiday together and will ride on horses. :)

Hello everyone, It's so cool to read about everyone's traditions. I'm taif from Saudi Arabia. and there is a lot of traditions in my country. the best traditions most are Eid. After we fast for 30 days, we celebrate on Eid by getting big meals. the most favorite thing to me when the old people give us some money.

Hi, everyone. I'm from Kazakhstan and in my country a lot of tradition. In my childhood favourite was Shashu.
Oldest grandmother appear and begins to throw candys to children. This traditional happens in each holidays.
Shashu mean joy and happiness. Shashu like adults and children.

So cool to read about everyone's home tradition. I’m Brazilian and in my country aumoust have a home tradition about bonfire. Is the Saint João Batista day’s, that is a catolical traditional party. The bonfire simbolize the João Batista borned. Izabel, mother of João Batista, made a promise to her cousin Maria, mother of Jesus, when her baby was born, she would light a fire and put a mast with a doll on top for Maria to know about the birth. Now a days, the people continue partynig that traditional party, and biulding a bonfire, and put the João Batista Saint mast and cook the tipical foods: boiled corn, peanut candy, cake corn for celebrate the date.

the best tradition most of us do it in egypt and its religion tradition is eid we eat biscuits and eat kahk(circle shape dessert its sugary) and we celebrate eid after we fasting ramdan

So nice to read about all these local traditions! it makes me dream! I'm Russian and I've been living in France for 10 years. I miss a lot my native country with its customs and traditions. There is no particular Russian tradition I miss the most, but I would like to speak here about Women day which is well-known in Europe as well in Russia, but it's not really celebrated in European countries. In Russia the 8th of March is a special day, the day when any woman - from little girl to old grandma - is a queen, she feels adored and loved. She receives flowers, gifts and sweet messages from her loved ones. This day the woman is always pampered in Russia, while in European countries the 8th of March symbolizes feminism and its fight for women rights. In Europe this day doesn't bring any tenderness, any gentleness. So, this day I prefer to be in Russia then in France.

It’s fascinating that there are so many different countries with very interesting traditions but personally, Egyptian traditions surprise me the most.

But in my country, we say Užgavėnės, which is a Lithuanian festival that takes place during the seventh week before Easter around February every year. Its name in English means "the time before Lent."

I remember as a young child with classmates, celebrating the festival in the school stadium, making a big Scary doll that we always put in the middle of a bonfire as it was always cold and snowing in Lithuania this time of the year. Hence we had a tradition of dancing in circle around the bonfire singing ”winter go away.

The traditional food for the celebrations is pancakes and waffles served hot with sweet sauces.

Hello everyone
For me it is a traditional party in the south of Spain. There are also bonfires and fireworks. But the theme is different. We celebrate the end of an olive harvest with a few bonfires in every neighborhood in every city. It's amazing because there is music and a party everywhere, and you can dance and eat with everyone around the bonfire.
BYE

Hi, everyone. It’s very interesting to know traditions of different countries. I’m from China. There are a lot of traditions in China. The most romantic tradition is Tanobato on July 7th of Chinese lunar calendar. Nowadays we also called Chinese Valentine’s Day.

According to legend, there was an honest man whose name is Liu Lang from mundane world, and a gorgeous fairy whose name is Vega from heaven. They fall in loved at first sight. And then, they got married and had a lovely son and a beautiful daughter. They had a very happy life during that days. Unfortunately, about two years later, The queen of heaven Vega’s mother knew her daughter Vega had got married with a mundane men. She was very angry about it, and then she brought Vega back to heaven. Liu Lang was depressed after Vega left. With the help of a magic cow, Liu Lang and his children flew to heaven. At the time he found Vega, and almost caught her. The queen mother took off her hairpin and draw a long line in the sky between Liu Lang and Vega. Suddenly, a huge river appeared. Liu Lang and Vega were separated on the two banks forever. Everyone in mundane and heaven felt sad about their story. Their unmovable love touched heaven’s magpies. On July 7th, tens of thousands magpies came to built a bridge. So Liu Lang and Vega could meet on the bridge. By many people’s suggestion, the queen allowed they could meet on July 7th each year.

So, it’s become a tradition that people send gifts to their lovers.

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