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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 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.

Submitted by nochi1421 on Mon, 16/03/2020 - 15:22

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The tradition that i like best in my country, is what we have the last day of every year. In Ecuador, we build a life size model of a person and burn it in a bonfire, very similar of the tradition shows in this post. This person could be a politician, a superheroe, a popular person or even a member of the family, but not with the dark reason of Bonfire Night on 5th November. Moreover, in my country people have the idea that if a model of you is burned, you will be lucky all year !!!

Submitted by sihamkaddouri on Mon, 09/03/2020 - 13:33

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Hi everyone, It's nice to know about traditions of different countries, and very important to maintain them alive, because they represent our identity. Also by means of them, we can learn more about our history. I'am from morocco and here we have several traditions we are celebrating annualy.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Sat, 07/03/2020 - 18:33

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The best tradition I like in my country is what the Egyptians are are doing in the Holy month of Ramada.

Submitted by Rahma Mahmoud on Thu, 05/03/2020 - 09:09

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As I am an Egyptian, we have many traditions. Some of them are related to our culture, maybe our religion and so on. The best one I like much is eating KHAK in our religious feast. It's a kind of biscuits with grinding sugar. It's so tasty. We gather together to eat it with a cup of tea.

Submitted by Mansoori on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 14:59

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That is so nice knowing about different traditions and cultures in the entire world. I am from Iran, the most interesting tradition is celebrating new year in my country. It starts in the first day of the spring and a few other country also celebrate that. People are use to get together and visit relatives as well as cooking delicious dishes.

Submitted by SMTSS on Thu, 27/02/2020 - 05:06

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Hi every one . I read all comments about tradition in various countries. I like to say tradition of srilanka why I am from srilanka. The tradition what I say it is "Sinhala Hindu National Festival" That time is enjoyable time of the year. We play traditional sports in that time. Also we rind tambourines and we sing tambourine poems. Also we go to relatives houses for see them and call them. Also we wear new clothes for the festival. Its funny.