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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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It's wonderful to see that the World is very diverse and colorful, and the traditions are usually moments when we share, remember and celebrate.
I've noticed some common symbols in every tradition like the bonfire and the candies.
Here in Brazil, we have two examples of these. The Saint John party, in which we build a bonfire and dance and sing around it, dressed like countryside people, perform an imaginary wedding, and then we jump over that fire. It happens every Winter's Solstice, at the end of June.
Also, we have the Saint Cosmas and Damian party, when we eat and give lots of candies. This one happens every Spring, on September 27th. I remember once that I ate so many candies that I had a one-of-a-kind belly ache.

Familiarity with a traditions of different ethnic groups is very interesting to me. For example the common celebrate bonfire in England has similarities to our chaharchmbe suri celebrate.
We celebrate on the last Wednesday of the year. ‏ by lighting a small fire,we recite a poem and jump over it. In the past on the night of the chaharchmbe suri, the tradition of spoon-waving(ghashogh-zani) was also common. This tradition similar to the celebration of Halloween in other countries. Children cover their face tonight, and they sound with bowl and spoon, and so they knocked on the door of neighbor's house. Neighbors also greeted them with nuts and chocolate.

The Traditional food tonight is noodles and rice.

That's great Elena. Very similar to some traditions that we have here in Brazil. Both related to Christian saints and traditions, like Saint John party and Saint Cosmas and Damian party.

These traditional celebrations are great, especially when they bring people together.

Fascinating! A lot of comments about home traditions that I didn’t know before
I’m from Myanmar (is used to known as Burma). Many interesting tradition n festivals are held each month for the whole year. Thingyan, Thadin Kyut and Thasongdine are the most famous of all and my favorite is Thingyan Festival ( Water Festival) which is also the celebration of the Myanmar New year. Usually, starts at April 12nd and last 4 or 5 days.
Basically, this is the time that Thagya Min ( Head of gods) come down to the earth and make a list of good people and bad peoples. During these days, we do a lots good deeds , make festive desserts like: Mote Lone Yaypaw (sticky rice ball with sweets) and share with neighbors n friends. Amazing thing to do is splashing water each other which means that we clean up our sin of past events. So we can do and have good things for the rest of the year.
But this year 2020, we couldn’t make it cuz of Covid-19. So, we were locking down at home. Me and my family are spending the days by watching old but gold Thingyan movies.

Hi everyone,
So glad to read all your messages about beloved traditions in your country ! I'm from France but I've been leaving in Belgium for three years. The tradition I miss the most is the National Day on July14th.

First of all, it takes place in July, so most of time, the weather is good and everybody is on vacation or has a day off. There's a strong feeling of liberty and fraternity this day.
This night, you find a place to sit with your friends, your family or your neighbourhood. And when the sky is really dark, around midnight, the show begins. You can see a beautifull fireworks. It's like magic. All the colours and the sounds makes me so excited !

This tradition celebrates the end of the royalty during the French Revolution in 1789. During this dark period of the French History, people fought against privileges and claimed more egality. This day, July 14th 1789, they got through the prison of La Bastille and delivered all the prisonners. It meant that the king couldn't hold all the powers in his hand so the end of the absolute monarchy. A few years later, as the king Louis XVI didn't want to cooperate and share his power, he has been executed : the guillotine cut off his head.

I like many traditions on my country but I like the most is eid ul fitr which is celebrated on 1st of is usually a happy moment when all people dress well and go to offer prayer.we made different sweat dishes at home and we send these food to our neighbours and also serve our relatives and guests.

I'm from Myanmar and we can find a lot of traditions everywhere in my country. The citizens of Myanmar donate food and things and share with their neighborhood and relatives in some festivals like Thingyan,Thadingyut and Tazaungdaing. In the two latter ones, almost all the streets and roads are lighted up with colourful bulbs and decorations. I'm happy to walk on those lighted streets along with my parents.

Hello everyone,this is my first experience to write in English in a forum. It's interesting for me to read and to discover everyone's traditions.
I' m living in France , and there are so many traditions here, like, the Christmas Day, New year, Easter, The May 8th , The July 14th and many others.
My origin is Algeria and every year ,with my family , we celebrate the Eid. I like this tradition and all muslims in France celebrate it. We cook some cakes and we offer them to all people , the neighbors, the friends, the kids, the colleagues, the poor peoples whatever the cultures. Its a day of the fraternity, the charity, and the happiness.

Hi guys, So cool to read about everyone's home tradition they miss the most!
I'm from Sevilla, but i have been living in Barcelona last 4 years and now i'm living in Berlin. I miss the feria. Is one typical traditions on my town. Every May, at the beginning of month, around 5 days, my town is in celebration. There is a special place in the town where the people only drink, eat and dance together. The girls wear a typical dress for the party. They are really beautiful.

The flamenco is the kind of music more usual to the party, but unfortunately the younger people dance reggaeton also. Although are days for to be happy, many people is in celebration in spite of bad economic situation. The Feria is a place for spend a lot money and many people spend the money without have it.
In my opinion, this is the worst of the party, hypocrisy of people.