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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 Hennadii on Tue, 11/08/2020 - 09:30

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I like our tradition to celebrate New Year the best. I like it when our streets full of decorations, every shop, bank, or pharmacy decorate their show windows with paper snowflakes, conifer trees, and fairy lights. It's a bit dark these days in our country - short days and long nights - and all these lights and garnishes look awesome. And the mood! Everyone feels happy in the New Year. Well, obviously not everyone, but even those, who feel sad, try to cheer themselves. And dreams! I know it's silly but during the New Year's holidays, you have this feeling that something good may happen in the next year. Yes, you get older and it's become harder to believe in magic but in the New Year eve, you make a wish and hope your dreams will make come true somehow.

Submitted by asmaashraf on Mon, 10/08/2020 - 08:05

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Hi to everyone. I would like to tell you about my best traditional culture of my country and I'm sure it is interesting to all of you. I am from Iran with oldest history and civilization in the world. but it have been 5 years I live in Hong Gong. my very beautiful tradition is called "Sizdah Bedar" or nature of day. it takes in 13 days later after new year on April of each year. Iranian believe that number of 13 is ominous. so for throw it away they shouldn't stay at home and go out to nature with family and friend. during this day, people gather together to celebrate, dance, sing, make delicious food and so on. also in the whole day, they have best wishes and happiness for each others. in addition to girl and boy who want to marry, tied the greens and wishes to start family in the new year.

Submitted by STELLA RIBEIRO SILVA on Sun, 09/08/2020 - 21:29

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Hi guys! I read some of your traditions and I really enjoyed every single one. So, today I decided to tell you one of my family's traditions. I live in Salvador, Brasil, and in every New Year's Eve my family and I go to the beach in order to pray for a better year and to "jump seven waves". This tradition of "Jumping seven waves" is a huge thing here in Brazil. I believe that many brazilians - that live near the coast - also do that in this time of the year. I don't know exactly why do we do that, however, this is an important part of this tradition, because in every single wave that we jump, we make a wish for the new year that comes be great, peaceful and fun. That is it guys! Hope you liked my tradition.

Submitted by Luiz Felipe on Tue, 04/08/2020 - 12:21

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So nice to read lots of posts of you guys, so much diversity. I'm Brazilian and onw of the most popular celebrations is Festa Junina. It happens every year in June and July to celebrate the christian saints Anthony, John and Peter. The party has plenty of delicious typical corn based food such as cakes and candys. The traditional beverage is the "quentão", kind of a "hot wine" cooked with some spices, normally cinnamon or ginger. People are gathered around the bonfire and dance the "quadrilha" simulating a marriage ceremony and party.

Submitted by mariaptis on Fri, 31/07/2020 - 18:31

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Good afternoon! I've enjoyed everyone's traditions in their countries. I feel like they express a lot of the country culture. In my country, I think the most famous tradition is the 'Semana Santa' or Holy Week. It's not my favorite one, but I have to admit that it is quite impressive. If you aren't from Spain and you haven't heard from it, I think you would be surprised. It consists in carrying the sculpture of different saints on the different days of the week, and everyone that is a member of the brotherhood of each saint, participates on the procession, by carrying some elements that represent parts of the history, like a candle, a rule book or a guiding cross. Most of the participants wear long robes and hoods for the procession. This whole tradition is made to conmemorate the life and death of Jesus Christ.

Submitted by Julie2563 on Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:56

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Hi everyone!! I really glad to read about your traditions. And I'll be very happy if you know about traditions in my country. I am from Belarus. And one of the most popular celebrations here is The Dozhinki Festival. This weird word means 'end of harvest'. It is celebrated in our villages every years. The most important that the sponsors choose constantly different countrysides.The best workers of the agro-industrial complex are awarded there. This Festival also has the own emblem. Its a flag with golden ears. The celebration lasts 2 days. In a first we have ceremonial part, performance of folk groups and etc. In a second - a fair and concerts in open areas. The Dozhinki Festival lasts until 1996. At that period it was in a 49 cities and its just the beginning. And I'll be very grateful if u want to visit our incredible holidays.

Submitted by Hakona on Thu, 30/07/2020 - 10:17

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We actually have a celebration in Egypt which is really similar to the Bon Fire night on November 5th . We also make a model of a person and burn it on the bon fire and there is a song about it too. In addition the history is similar in the means that it was an intruder who was caught and punished by the people of Port Saiid during the tripartite aggression in 1956 . However , it is celebrated On the spring feast which is held according to the Coptic Calender so the exact date changes from year to another .

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.