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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 elenasabzm on Wed, 15/04/2020 - 09:41

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.

Submitted by Chit Po Aung on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 10:33

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.

Submitted by Valerielegoff on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 10:17

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.

Submitted by Ammara Khalid on Mon, 13/04/2020 - 17:44

I like many traditions on my country but I like the most is eid ul fitr which is celebrated on 1st of shawal.it 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.

Submitted by Khant Aung on Fri, 10/04/2020 - 06:35

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.
I found very interesting that people usually talk about traditions in their home countries, and you talked about Sevilla like it were a nation by itself. Fantastic!