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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 melanieamorin on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 15:55

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So interesting to read the different traditions of your countries! I always lived in Uruguay, a little country from South America, We have one popular traditions well known across the world: Uruguayans drink mate (it's a hot drink and a tea infusion) wherever they go, we use thermos instead of a kettle to prepare the infusion. Personally, I don't enjoy drinking it because the flavor is pretty bitter, but almost everyone love to go out with friends, family or alone carrying a thermo under the arm. Others traditions are football, asado (meat) and Carnaval.

Submitted by aniley on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 22:17

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It`s very interesting to know about traditions and culture of others country. I am cuban but I have been in Madrid since 2011. In Cuba there are many festivals , but I prefer Cubadisco Festivals on May14th. A lots foreing and local musicians are meet in the Havana and share their arts

Submitted by sofi_ramirezmurtagh on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 03:44

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Good to know other traditions around the world. Well in my country, Chile, it's a tradition to celebrate de independence day on 18 September. We usually celebrate about 3 days in which people doesn't work or do anything related to "daily obligations". Partys, barbeque, and lots of wine and other chilean drinks are very classic in this celebration. There's a tradicional dance called "la cueca" which is known and performed by every chilean who can walk because this dance is tough since kindergarden to the kids. All I can say is that it is my favorite time of the year because I can have a good time with my friends and family.

Submitted by Hn0062 on Fri, 24/07/2020 - 18:05

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There are many traditions in my country like Chaharshanbe souri, Yalda night, Norooz, Tiregan and so on, but I always have preferred Yalda night that it is a happy night and very important for Iranian people. Yalda night is at the beginning of the winter. It is celebrated on 30th of Azar in solar calendar. Yalda night is the longest night of the year. Do you know that Yalda night is one minute longer than all nights? Because it seems to us, the darkness was a symbol of the devil. We are up till midnight and turn on fire to get rid of the devil and celebrate it with family. Therefore all families get together in the house of the oldest family member. This old tradition is related to Zoroastrianism. We usually cook Fish and rice for that night. The most important things that we eat are watermelon, nuts, and pomegranate. We believe that we should serve forty types of foods. But pomegranate and red color are symbol of that night. People would like to wear red dresses, design their home with this color and serve foods in red dishes. We often turn on red candles. We read a poem of Hafez for each person and believe that Hafez's poems show our destiny. We listen to music and usually dance.
I enjoyed your comment a lot. I remembered all those nice memories I had back home. I hope all the joy and happiness will come back to our country one day.
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Submitted by cassiamattos2013 on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 20:43

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I loved to know about culture and traditions of other countries. I live in Brazil and here there a lot of traditions about everything. (smiles)... Actually, the most important Brazilian tradition is the "Carnaval". Who never listened about our "Carnaval"? It's a very beautiful party that takes in February ou march of each year. I love to see the samba school parade for the TV, because is very expensive to whatchs in the places, like Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. But is very impressive.

Submitted by gachatama26 on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 11:25

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I think Japan has many deep traditions. And I‘m proud of all Japanese traditions. Also, I like the four seasons the best amongst all of them. So, I would like to explain some attractions of the four seasons. There are many ways to enjoy the four seasons in Japan. Japanese always value and have fun it. I’ll give typical examples. Firstly, we enjoy to eat seasonal ingredients. For instance, in spring, we have cherry and spring cabbage. In summer, we eat tomato, edamame and eggplant. In autumn, we enjoy to eat apple, sweet potato and chestnut. And then, in winter, we have Chinese cabbage and pumpkin. I like to eat seasonal ingredients during the season. And I think many Japanese take good care of the seasonal ingredients and eat them while having fun. Secondly, the distinct climates in Japan allow us to enjoy various fashions. For example, people who live in areas of the mild climate throughout the year can’t wear a coat and sweater. On the other hand, it’s kind of difficult for people who live in areas of the cold climate throughout the year to wear a sorts and sandals. However, in japan, we can try many different types of fashions because of the four seasons. Japanese have valued their traditions for a long time. Then, the four seasons is one of the most important traditions in Japan. So, I would like to cherish my country’s traditions.

Submitted by lericardolima on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 01:22

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Hello! It's wonderful to see how people of different cultures gather together to celebrate. Here in Brazil, the most famous celebration is of course the Carnival, specially in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife. But Brazil is as big as its variety of traditions. Beyond Carnival, we also have Parintins in the Amazon, Oktoberfest in the South, Barretos in Southeast and the one I wanna talk about: the June Festivals. Also known as São João, these celebrations are as important as Carnival in the Northeast of Brazil. It happens, obviously, in June, and celebrates some Saints of the Catholic Church. It has a lot of typical dances, food (most of them made with corn), clothing and activities, such as lighting bondfires, launch baloons and fireworks.

Submitted by angmoreno04 on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 23:29

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Hi to everyone!, I was reading about a lot of interesting traditions around the world. I'm from Colombia, in this country we have a lot of traditions and festivals, one of the most knowed is San Pedro Festival, diferents cities celebrate it. the goverment allocates a budget to this tradition, so during 3 days there are parades across the main avenues with dancers which performance the tipical dance of the city, they wear tipical costumes, also there is a parade with the most beautiful women in the region and at the end of the San Pedro festival juries choose the year's queen. Usually peopel originaly from the city and some tourist dacing and drink alcohol while they appreciate the parade. Also is traditional to taste the tipical meals like Lechona (pork with chickpeas) and Tamal (yellow rice with chicken and pork wrapped in banana leaf), I know that it sounds stranges for foreigners but trust me! it's delicious. In summary it's a great event to have fun with friend and family and appreciate traditions like the tipical dances.

Submitted by sorsi on Thu, 16/07/2020 - 14:50

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Hi! Really interesting traditions here guys! I am from Argentina, and in my country, we celebrate the 25th of May because its the day of the revolution, when we become independent from Spain, in 1810. It is a very important day for us, and there are celebrations in all the cities of the country. People eat "locro" and "empanadas", all traditionals foods. There are shows in the street and at nignt there are fireworks at the "cabildo" the place where the revolution started. It is a very important date and we love to celebrate.