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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 Naresh on Sat, 27/06/2020 - 11:21

So amazing to read about bonfire night, in india similar festival is celebrated every year. It's name is diwali. On festival night life-size model of ravan is burnt with fire. It's believed that ram came to his kingdom after fourteen years of exile and defeating ravan on that day. Happy to know this type of celebration is there in other places.

Submitted by Jas Mak on Wed, 24/06/2020 - 11:15

Hello everyone It was nice reading about different traditions from various countries. I live in India and we have a traditional festival in the name of Pongal. It's a festival about harvest.

Submitted by Min Htet Kaung Aung on Tue, 23/06/2020 - 15:59

Reading about different kinds of traditions from various parts of the world makes me pleased and broadens my horizon.Now I want to tell you about one of our festivals.My country is Myanmar, a country in southeast Asia.We have a lot of festivals throughout the year.Most of them are related with religion, Buddhism.Among them, I want to tell you about Thidinkyut Festival.It falls in October- month of Thidinkyut in Myanmar calendar.Long Long ago,at that time, Lord Buddha came back from Davatimsa, a celestial city, to the human world. During his returning journey, people donated oil-light to him.From that time onwards, buddhists celebrated this occation as a festival.Nowadays, people light up the wax-candles and oil in front of their houses and in the proximity of pagodas.We make various traditional snacks and share them to neighbours and donate to monastery.We pay homage to elder people and they, in return, pay back some snacks and money to us.It is a happy festival of our country.

Submitted by Ainash Gadekar on Mon, 22/06/2020 - 11:47

Hello everyone. I read about your traditions and it made me very excited to join you all in this discussion. My name is Avinash and I am from India and world knows India's favorite tradition is Diwali Festival. We buy new cloths, we make sweet dishes, follow some traditional processes. Diwali is a day actually on which lord Rama came back to his kingdom after 14 years. Every one on this day lights a lamp as a symbol of ending of darkness. We follow this tradition from that time. But as the time passes, the feelings behind the festival are same only ways have changed. Instead of traditional oil lamp, electric lights have taken place but for sure the joy, happiness, blessings, feelings, importance of this tradition has remained significant to everyone.

Submitted by Alaaseada on Sun, 21/06/2020 - 11:05

Reading the traditions of your countries is really interesting. I am from Egypt where people are so warm and friendly which make any tradition that include gathering very unique and remarkable. The tradition that I miss the most is Eid prayer. I can tell that Eid prayer in Egypt has a unique sensation that I have never experienced in other countries. The sound of prayer calls that starts before the sunrise and comes from all mosques, the numerous number of people who pray together and congratulate each other after the prayer as a one big family, the people who volunteer to buy toys, colorful balloons and sweets and hand them out to the children to make them feel the joy of Eid. All of these aspects make the Eid prayer a joyful tradition and occasion. For me, it is not only a religious celebration but also a social one that reminds us with the importance union and of spreading love and happiness.

Submitted by Hazard10 on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 09:30

it's so nice to learn all of your traditions, I learned many things As I read your comments I saw amazing things and different cultures

Submitted by Myo on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 07:46

So persuasive to read about traditions of other countries,and encourage me to express the customs of Myanmar,my native country.I am Myanmar (Burma) although I have been living in Malaysia for two years.The most renowed tradition in Myanmar is Thingyan festival.It's also known as water festival.It's celebrated in April or the month of Tagu (Myanmar calendar).Thingyan symbolises washing away the ills and sins of the previous year in preparation for the goodness for the new year. It's the one I miss the mostttttt.

Submitted by dwyer on Sun, 14/06/2020 - 12:23

So amazing to read about all the traditions. I live in India and we have many traditions. One of them is Diwali, it is also known as a festival of light. Lamps are lightened at all places on Diwali. Some people burn crackers too for celebration, although it is declared illegal. Diwali is celebrated in memory of returning of "Shri Ram", who is God of Hindus from his exile of 14 years. So it is a religious event too. All the India changes to pretty enlightened on this night.