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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 shymaa on Thu, 01/08/2019 - 10:59

hi every one . when I rad the above post , I thought a lot what I can write about because I born in Saudi Arabia while I am Egyptian so I never attend a tradition in my country when I was young . In this days the celebrating spirit of old traditional is despairing year after year so that its difficult to describe my favorite . How ever I was love ramadan this month every one was so calm and happy even we was hungry and thirsty but fact that choose doing this one a year to remind you self with poor people which can't find enough money or food that made you so thanks about what you have and know there are other need what you don't need . If every one take what he just need only and let the resat to other no one in this world will safer again I hope if any one read what I wrote please tell my the mistake I did thank you

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Submitted by Amily on Tue, 23/07/2019 - 11:48

Hello all, Nice to meet you. My name is Amily and we have tradition which is Thingyan Festival in Myanmar.We celebrate Thingyan Festival in April around the country by splashing water each other, donating foods in every street.
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Submitted by SimoneSimona on Sun, 21/07/2019 - 22:34

Hello, Is so nice to hear about intercultural tradition . I thing I am from the country with the most traditions. :)) . Why I am say that? Because we have a lot of holidays without Christmas and Easter. One important is on beginning of spring at 1 March. We get and we give flowers to woman. In principal men to women but also women to women, in special to mothers and sisters etc. More important than flowers are trinkets. It is made from tow yarn threads, one red and one white. The history behind is different from area to another area. But is the way to say hello to the spring. Tradition flowers for this celebration is snowdrop. Another tradition nice and funny is to celebrate the saint`s name and all people who has that name is celebrated. And we have a lot. We celebrate the day of work without working in that day :)) but having any kind of activities. I can speak about a lot of celebrating day from my country but I guess I need a book :d. Thank you for reading my text!

Submitted by Gulikia Karimova on Sun, 21/07/2019 - 12:11

Hey. My name is Gulya. I am from Uzbekistan . It is an ancient, sunny and hospitable country in Central Asia. We have many different traditions. but one probably is known to many abroad. This is the celebration of the spring holiday of Navruz. Many traditional dishes are prepared on this day and await guests.

Submitted by mahsa on Sat, 20/07/2019 - 11:59

Hi everyone, I'm from Iran. We have another traditional ,except Nuroz and Wednesday celebration that we called " yalda's night ".(This night is just one minutes longer than the other.) We celebrate the longest and the last night of autumn with watermelon and pomegranate.

Submitted by cathychuchu on Wed, 17/07/2019 - 10:26

Hi everyone, I am from Hong Kong, it’s a metropolitan which was governed by British and have been returned to China since 1997. The most popular tradition in Hong Kong is Lunar New Year/ Chinese New Year which is a three days holiday. In this three days, we would visit to all the family’s member and friends. In order to show your respect to the elderly or giving blessings to friends, we often bring a lot of delicious foods, gifts and red pockets with money inside. It’s defiantly a feast! We lived in a suburb when I was young, we used to buy the fireworks and made firework display to light up the front door of our house. Everyone was so happy and excited! However, for the safety reasons, fireworks were completely banned. Nowadays, people are not as keen to celebrate the Chinese New Year as we did before, they prefer to make it simple!

Submitted by Sandi on Tue, 09/07/2019 - 15:26

It's great to know about international traditions. In Myanmar, we don't have tradition like bon fire though we have light festival in November. We celebrate as a sign of worship to Buddha. Among the cities, Tauggyi Fire Balloon Festival is the most famous one in light festival.

Submitted by EmptyDysfuncti… on Mon, 08/07/2019 - 22:40

Hi, I'm from Kyiv, Ukraine. Decent article about Fawks and British traditions. Honestly, I've heard this story many times, even more: Guy Fawks masks are very popular around the world. Also I've read many opposite theories and minds about Fawks and his complicits: is they were a terrorists or rebels? ---- Anyway, in Ukraine we have many holidays, but for me better tradition it's too simple: Christmas celebrating and songs, especially songs! When I was a child we (me and my friends) we walked from door to door, singing the Christmas songs and get the candies from hosts for our perfomance)). One of the most famous Ukrainian Christmas song: "Shchedryk". It's famous not only in Ukraine but in the USA too, because their "Carol of the bells" its an american version of "Shchedryk". In 1914 Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovich wrote it and in 1921 it was performed in the United States at Carnegie Hall. And It's so cool that part of our Ukrainian ancient culture now is a part of American culture).

Hello EmptyDysfunctionalBox

Thanks for your explanation of how Christmas is celebrated in Ukraine. I lived in the US for many years and you are absolutely right in saying that Carol of the bells is very popular there. I had no idea where it came from.

By the way, if you're interested in reading more about Christmas in English, I wanted to point out that we have several other pages about it: a Magazine article, a Vocabulary page and several videos in Word on the Street. I hope you enjoy them!

All the best


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