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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 Povilas on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 11:26

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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.
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Submitted by JAP on Wed, 25/03/2020 - 16:13

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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

Submitted by mangodu on Wed, 25/03/2020 - 11:52

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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.

Submitted by Alex Cervantes on Tue, 24/03/2020 - 19:27

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So interesting traditions of your countries. I live in Mexico and in my city we celebrate "el día de las flores". Men give a flower to the girl they like when walking around the "jardin de la unión". A day before the government brings concerts of regional music so that people attend to dance. I enjoy this celebration because of the time you spend with friends.

Submitted by Krayskaya on Tue, 24/03/2020 - 10:17

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Hello guys! It is interesting to read your stories. I've been living in Germany for more than five years but I was born and grew up in Ukraine. In Ukraine, we have many different holidays and traditions which I love! This time I will tell you about New Year and Christmas, as they are a bit different from other contries. In Germany, as in many other European countries and the USA, Christmas is much more important than New Year. But for the Ex-Soviet Union countries (like Ukraine, Russia, Belarus) is the New Year more valuable. Why is it so? In the Soviet Union we didn't have any religion, so we didn't have Christmas at all. Only after breakdown of the Soviet Union, many of people became orthodox and started to celebrate Christmas. The celebration is also different. Many of typical Christmas traditions like Christmas tree, gifts, family dinner and so on, we, in Ukraine, have in New Year. On Christmas eve we have only a family dinner. On the table it has to be 12 different dishes and always Kutia - traditional dish made often with grain, poppy and dried fruits ( I am not a fan of it). Such celebration makes more sense for me. I am really wondering how Christmas tree and gifts are related to the Birth of Christ? I could assume how they are related to New Year but to he Birth of Christ? No, I cannot..Any ideas?

Hello Krayskaya

Thanks for your detailed comment! I just wanted to recommend that you visit our Magazine section, where you can find short articles about many different holidays. I hope you enjoy them.

All the best

Kirk

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Submitted by Sergey Sh on Fri, 20/03/2020 - 09:02

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In Russia there is a tradition called Ivan Kupala which has been celebrated for ages before Christianity. It's not a day actually. People celebrate it at night between 23 and 24 of June. At the time of paganism among the ancient Rus there was a deity - Kupalo, personifying summer fertility. After the baptism of Rus, the deity Kupalo had been supplemented of christian name - Ivan and then became a mixture of both religions. One of the funniest things about Ivan Kupala is so called clean bonfires. People dance around them and jump over. It's considered then higher you managed to jump over then happier and luckier you're gonna get in the future. In these bonfires everybody burns their old cloth to get rid of their illnesses. Also it's believed all evil spirits are alive at that night plotting against people. That why nobody sleeps until the morning. On the whole it's a pretty fun time with lots of cheerful activities which couldn't help doing without fireworks. Come to Russia and see yourself!

Submitted by fskyanuri on Wed, 18/03/2020 - 23:56

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Hello everyone! I'm from Mongolia. It's nice to share with you my beautiful country's traditions. Mongolians have wide histories and traditions. If you ask me for What tradition is most special, I would say it's Lunar New year. Not in Mongolia, Lunar new year is a very special celebration in Asia. (China, Korea, Mongolia) Before the celebration, all the family prepares their "Deel", traditional foods, presents for relatives. Deel is a Mongolian traditional cloth. During the Lunar new year, We all go to the elders to greeting, it's a very special part of it. Because in this century all people live in a rate race, but in the lunar new year we can meet each other and a chance to know our relatives and tradition. I think the Lunar new year is to connect.

Submitted by Estefania Duque on Tue, 17/03/2020 - 22:53

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I have been reading about your different traditions, so those are awesome. I'm from Colombia and here there are many different traditions. For example on December 7th, we celebrate "El día de las velitas". This is a celebration where the people light up a candle on their home and pray. Also, in each family make many foods and share them. Now I'm in Spain and I miss most this day.

Submitted by rpikeri on Tue, 17/03/2020 - 19:58

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Hallo, The tradition I like most in my country is the way we are celebrating Christmas. I used to celebrate Christmas with my mother. She always has her tradition of cleaning the whole house, buying new stuff, and going to the church. However; she passed away five years ago. I miss these traditions.