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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 KARIANA MENIN on Thu, 09/07/2020 - 19:24

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Hello guys. Nice to know more about others cultures and traditions. I´m from Brazil, and for me, the most important and traditional event is June Party. In this celebration there´s a lot of dances, food and bonfire, there´s a traditional drink, called "quentão" (hotwine). Here in Brazil, there´s a lot of celebrations, like Carnival, and others religious events.

Submitted by Usaamaadam2 on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 15:27

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It's very nice tradition that refers to the history of your country , i feel excitement to read such like this .. thank you

Submitted by mrbruno on Thu, 02/07/2020 - 16:56

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Hey everyone, Thanks for sharing your own countries tradition. I am Brazilian and I will be telling you about the biggest street party we have in Brazil which is called Carnaval (in Portuguese). The Carnaval takes place every year during the second week of February and depending on the city it might take up to 3 weeks to end. People from all over the word come to Brazil to enjoy the magical experience of the Carnaval parties on the streets, which is basically happy people dancing to live music played by famous musicians throughout the whole day/night. The Brazilians rhythms most successful and know at the Carnaval are: Samba, Axe, Pagode and Funk. The cool thing about this party is that singers and bands usually perform from the top of moving tracks (also know as electric trio) that are all prepared to have the band installations on it, so people that follows the trucks around the city get to enjoy the music at different areas and locations. Also the famous Samba School Parade is another Carnaval tradition in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro during February. Every year the schools of samba choose a random topic to present on the parade as they will tell a story through their music, costumes and performance for 1 hour. There are hundred of people in the different Samba School groups that prepare themselves for many months in a row to compete between themselves and hopefully gets to the first place. Meanwhile lots of people would be watching the parade from home on the tv or live on the Sapucai (purpose-built parade area) being amused by the allegories, fantastic vibe from the samba school car and of course dancing to samba rhythm.

Submitted by muhammad baig on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 17:56

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Hello everyone It was nice reading about different traditions from various countries. I'm from Kuwait so we have two festivals in the year Eid al-Fitr after Ramadan and Eid al-Adha

Submitted by R.A.D on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 06:48

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Awesome traditions you got there guys! I had fun reading all about them . I am Reem from Saudi Arabia and I will tell you about a special tradition we have there. It is a festival called Aljunadryia ! Basically, it is a festival to celebrate saudis’ traditions . It happens annually on April, and it consists of lots of festivals all around Saudi Arabia, the biggest one happens in Riyadh, the capital, though. Many people gather and display their old outfits, foods, dances, and even their various kits. There are many different things there. Saudi Arabia is a huge country thus you will see distinct customs from various places. One thing that I really like about Aljunadryia is the “Al -Ardhah”, a special dance used to be performed when facing enemies in wars. Men gather and hit the earth in splendid movements and roar a wonderful rhyme to encourage themselves and to scare the enemies!! It’s amazing the number of things you can do in a single place, It feels like traveling back in time and that’s just wonderful!

Submitted by Belen jimbo on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 08:55

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In Ecuador there are many traditions. I love the traditions of my country, because they are unique. I find the tradition you're talking about interesting. I would like to know a little more. If I lived in another country I would miss all these traditions.

Submitted by Glenda T on Sun, 28/06/2020 - 07:58

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In my country, Ecuador, there are some celebrations, the most celebrations are related to the religious field. This holydays are: In Jnuary New Year, in february Holy week and Carniva, in march the Day of woman, in april is the fundation of my city, it's Cuenca. May is the monyh of the Virgin María and the mother's day, in june is the children day, in july I don´t know a festivity, maybe we rest this month, in agust, setember, october we have some festivitys dosen't very matter. In november is the independence of Cuenca, this celebration is very important and in december we celebrate the Christmas. Generally, these are the holydays that the country celebrate, but in family we celebrate the birthday or some thigs, in my country us love the partys.

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

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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

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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.