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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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Submitted by Sigel on Tue, 05/03/2019 - 20:31

I've been read all the comments and have learnt many interesting traditions all around the world. In my home country, Russia, we celebrate many different holidays. Personally, I like the most New Year.

Submitted by Silvi23 on Tue, 05/03/2019 - 18:43

I finde it realy interesting to read about traditions in other countrys. I think I can't miss a traditiion of my country because I don't live uproad....But I move away from my hometown, so I still miss my family and some family traditions. For example my hole family (4 children+mum+grandma) always have lunch together on sunday, often the same dish. Now I live 450km away...
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Submitted by MAO on Tue, 05/03/2019 - 12:16

Without doubt, reading about the variety of traditions and cultures from all over the world is an interesting thing, which can broaden our horizons and make ourselves connect with the others. When it comes to the tradition i like best from my country, Taiwan, I can't help but introduce the Midterm Festival of July on the Lunar calendar. People in Taiwan believe the existence of ghosts. And, these ghosts, we call them "good brothers" which are homeless or without descendants' sacrifices would be gathered in the hail. When the Midterm of July falls, these ghosts are released from the hail to the world for a period of one month. In order to show our respects and for fear of the happening inauspicious they cause, we prepare a lot of foods, cookies, beverages and paper money for the sacrifices. We pray for not having bad things and hope them fed up by these rich foods and pleased. The most delightful thing is that these foods will be our dessert or meal after the sacrifice. Everyone can't wait for the end of the activity.

Submitted by Sanafirdaus2711 on Thu, 28/02/2019 - 18:59

Its really great to know about other country's tradition. It not only helps in enhancing our general knowledge but helps in connecting globally as well.I am from india and here there is a lot of diversity in terms of different religion, culture ,languages and many more.I will share a tradition followed every year in india by masses of people.There is a festival called Dussehra which is celebrated by burning a plastic model of evil named Ravana every year.It was known that Ravana was the demon king of Lanka and had led several atrocities in his kingdom.The festival goes on for 10 days and on the 10th day also called as "Dashmi" the Ravana model is burned. This festival also preaches the lesson of defeat of devil over goodness.I feel this tradition really brings peace,happiness and love across the country and really enjoy to be a part of it.

Submitted by Viethuynh217 on Wed, 27/02/2019 - 13:09

So lovely to read about everyone' home tradition they miss the most. I am originally from Vietnam. I am away from home for several years to make a living. The thing I miss the most is family reunion every Mid-Autumn festival. We are incredibly looking for this occasion just simply because this is the only time of the year we are all in the same place, gazing at the moon, taking a sip of tea and having a chit chat. This memory always shine in my mind and I love it so much.

Submitted by ewazawada5 on Wed, 27/02/2019 - 11:45

It is very beneficial to find out about tradition of the country you live in even temporary.

Submitted by Poe Ei on Wed, 27/02/2019 - 03:54

It is interesting to learn about other countries' cultures while i am studying English. The Tradition i like most in my country (Myanmar) is Thadinkyut Festival. it is also known as the Lighting Festival of Myanmar which is held on the full moon day of the Burmese lunar month of Thadingyut. We pay homage to our elder family members and the feeling is peaceful and pleasant. The weather is neither too cold nor too hot. Moreover, there are many public holidays in that season and people are planning for their vacation trips aslo.
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Submitted by Curious learner on Tue, 26/02/2019 - 06:31

Happy to know tradition of many countries. The tradition I came to know about England is both tragic and entertaining. In my country tribal people celebrate lots of tradition every year with lots of festive and entertainment . Apart from this other communities also have their respective tradition. I hope I will share some of the traditions here.

Submitted by paulystano on Mon, 25/02/2019 - 20:57

It's very interesting to know about this kind of celebration dates. We know about the day and celebrate it, but most of us do not know about the history behind. Here in Brazil, for example, we have a lot of celebrations but most part of the population - including myself - do not know about the meanings.
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Submitted by Htain Lin on Mon, 25/02/2019 - 07:25

It is very interesting to read about the traditions all around the world. I think every country has different own tradition. I am from Myanmar(Burma) located in South East Asia and one of ASEAN member countries. Our country has a lot of festivals according to our tradition. One of the tradition that I like best is Water Festival(we call thingyan). This festival was belonged over a long time ago. This festival took 4-5 days according to our calendar. During this festival we pour water on one another and at night we hold dance throughout the country. We are really happy during this festival.