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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 iEdd on Thu, 15/07/2021 - 18:02

The tradition I most like of my country is the Carnival of Barranquilla. All social classses mix up in the event, everyone enjoys and the happiness spread by over the place. This celebration also is the most important in my country, because of its duration in time and the tradiotion it carries.
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Submitted by Lida Mey on Thu, 08/07/2021 - 16:49

Hello. I think in Colombia there is one very important tradition, among others, it is the parade of the Militar Forces on 20th of July, the Independence day.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Wed, 07/07/2021 - 11:09

I like the water tradition in our country.

I'm from Myanamar. Glad to see you sis!I like our tradition named 'Thingyin Festival'. Most people like that, especially youths. There are 4 days called Akyo, Akya, Akyat and Atat in the festival. But, It could not be celebrated for two years because of the Covid-19.

Submitted by Maksmatt on Tue, 22/06/2021 - 21:05

Hi. I grew up in Germany and in my childhood I liked very much November 11th. On this day the children goes out on the streets with hand lanterns. I don't know why everbody goes with a lantern, but I know why the Germans celebrate this day. On this day St. Martin shared his coat with a beggar. The lanterns may symbolizes the good. Now I'm living in Norway. The biggest thing here is the national holiday. On may 17th 1814 Norway got his own constitution. This was a really big deal because Norway was still under the authority of Denmark and afterwards Sweden. In 1905 Norway became finally independent.

Submitted by isaale17 on Fri, 18/06/2021 - 23:24

Hello everyone , I´m from Colombia. The tradition that I like most in my currently city in Colombia is call "Dia de los ahijados" , where the godfathers give to their boys a little giff or present. Also It is a tradicion too to buy some candies this day to their . This candy is well knowns like as macetas. It is candy made just with sugar and water, all this ingridients are mixed.
Hello. I´m from Colombia too. I did not have idea about the "Día de los ahijados", what is the date for this tradition? Thank you for teach me something new.

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Thu, 17/06/2021 - 19:45

I like the tradition of my country which is about eating torrone on October 31th. Basically, the history which is behind this tradition is so interesting it treats about a woman from Peru who did not have a good life, she was a slaver, and she was forced to follow the harsh orders of the colonists. She spent her days doing her daily chores. One day she was struck by a severe illness that made impossible for her to work and walk. It seemed like it would take a long time for her to get better. Concerned about the situation, she entrusted her health to the Lord of Miracles. In her prayers, she made a promise to the Cristo in exchange for getting better; she would invent a dessert in his name. It was not long before she was feeling better until one day she felt fully recovered. Then she gathered the ingredients and guided, and the dessert became a symbol of Christianity every October.
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Submitted by Khin Yee Mon Khaing on Thu, 10/06/2021 - 03:13

So cool to read about everyone's traditions.I 'm from Myanmar and I'm Yee Mon.The festival that I like is Thingyan festival.I like not only splashing to others but also enjoy touching my skin with water.

Submitted by Homam21 on Mon, 24/05/2021 - 10:42

It's so interesting to read about other people's traditions. I'm from Syria and I live in the UAE. What I really miss in my home back is Alwaqaa. It's a meal served in an ancient holy place to thank God when someone survives from an accedant, illness, etc.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 11/05/2021 - 07:33

we have various traditions in our country. some of them are Nowruz, Muharram decade, and ... . I love many of them.

Submitted by Karry on Thu, 06/05/2021 - 02:08

I'm thrill to learn about the traditional event and celebrations around the world. I'm a first-time writer here. The most important celebration is Pride month. It happens in June every year (It's different in some countries). The purpose of the event is to celebrate life and be proud of who you are. There's the fabulous parade, street vendor, live music performance, etc. I'm always looking forward to the event every year.

Submitted by fontan on Sat, 01/05/2021 - 02:59

Hello, I'm Fontan. When calendars show 15th of the April that makes me so happy. We make some Martian food and call our neighbors to meet, eat and drink something. I know it's similar with thanksgiving, actually thanksgiving is the behind story of Martian Humanity Day.

Submitted by Camila Abreu on Tue, 20/04/2021 - 14:54

Brazil is a large country and full of traditions. I particularly love the June festivities.

Submitted by Angel on Thu, 15/04/2021 - 20:09

Im from Latvia and I been living in the UK for about fifteen years. My favourite tradition here is Bonfire Night. I and my friends really like to go out on the 5th of November and enjoy the lightning sparkles on the bonfire.

Submitted by chamalmc on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 16:32

It's so cool to read about everyone's home tradition they miss the most! I'm from Sri Lanka but I've been living in the Sweden for two years and the thing I miss the most is Sinhala & Tamil new year on 13th and 14th of April. The best thing is beginning of the new year, when the sun moves from the house of Pisces to the house of Aries. Basically, people think that the celebration of the new year is the change of thoughts too. Various beliefs, which are associated with the fertility of the harvest, gave birth to many rituals and customs and ceremonies connected with the new year.

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 02:16

Hi! My name is Paula and it's really interesting to read about the different traditions that exist in each country. I'm from Colombia, in my country we have several traditions because in each city the people celebrate different things. However, one of the most important traditions in Colombia is called "paseo de olla", it consists of that families go to the river and they should bring a large cooking pot to prepare a traditional soup called "sancocho". It's amazing because you can take a dip in the river, help to cook, drink a beer and share with your family and friends in the outdoors.

Submitted by My Linh on Tue, 06/04/2021 - 05:13

So cool to read about everyone's share them tradition in the world. My name's Linh and I'm come from VietNam. We used to celebrate for the dead on Janruary 1st. In the morning, my family wake up early at 4:00 AM to prepare somthing like: candles, flowers and the we went to cemetery to cleaned my grandmother's grave. When we finished it, my father got home and cooked a big lunch for the relatives. This was special time to remember the tribute who was died.

Submitted by AYLIN SC on Tue, 06/04/2021 - 04:40

Hi! I´m Mexican and we have a lot of traditions because in every region celebrate in different ways. My mom is from a place called Comitancillo in Oaxaca when the people celebrate the San Pedro day (but actually are three) the first day they climb a hill and cut a lot of flowers so much that they can, after that bring their food and drink at the people for your help. The next day the all women of town using their traditional dress called "Tehuana" (look for that on google) make a procession on the streets to bring the flower to the church and present your respect. The next few days they do more activities but that is another history :)

Submitted by desouza on Sat, 03/04/2021 - 12:31

Hi, my names is didem. I am from turkey. I was born in Antalya but I have been living in İstanbul for 15 years. We have a lot of tradition but I want to talk about one of them. We're mostly muslim country and ıslamic cultere included of many tradtions. One of my best traditions celebreted' called Ramadan '. when I was a child, I was expecting with huge excitement for ramadan. first day in ramadan ,We were got up early in the morning and dressed up with new clothes, hugged each other in the family. After that ceromony , we went to grandmothers houses as we as other familys in muslim states. Because of that tradition needs to respekt and remember our all relations, friends, neighbourhoods. I was very intend that tradition, so I loved my great big family. my grandpapas gave me always money , our related gave me candys and nationel holiday everwhere nicely and warmly. I grew up with nice tradition . I have been not celebreting over 10 years that tradition because of my grandparents died. it has been not tasted as same as before.

Submitted by Rafa3l on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 12:05

Hi my name is Rafael and I live in Spain. In my country, a popular party is a "Fallas" in Valencia. During a one month the people eat and drink by the street. This party is by father´s day and this nigth the people burn some cardboard figures. During 30 days, the people eat paella and drink many alcohol. Its so funny. This was celebrate in a march.

Submitted by Oscar Mauricio… on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 22:59

It´s good to know new things about other countries custums. I´m Colombian, and here we don´t have a celebration like Bonfire Night in the UK. However we have some celebration days realtives to the independence of our country from the Spanish. Those celebrations usually correspond to battles that led the country to be independent. Other kind of celebrations are not national but correspond to regional or local special dates, where people celebrate cities foundation, carnivals, festivals, etc. It´s say that in Colombia, every weekend is running a festival or carnaval in any town or region of the country, I think that that´s why people in Colombia are one of the most happy people in the world.

Submitted by Amanullah Bin Nesar on Mon, 29/03/2021 - 15:21

I'm very happy reading the comments here; which are about everyone's tradition that they miss most. I'm from Bangladesh, a multicultural country, a multiracial as well. Here in Bangladesh, winter is one of the most celebrated seasons. In January, when the weather is pretty cool, we use to visit our village. Winter in village is far more different than that of in city. Countryside becomes adorned with heavy fog. Everywhere is full of patty-flavor. When night falls, we have bonfire in the crops field with a gathering of many relatives to get our bodies warmed. At morning, we breakfast with delicious patties. I badly missed my last winter as it was pandemic time; hence we were under lockdown in city.

Submitted by danteavante on Sat, 27/03/2021 - 16:41

I like to discover traditions around the world and it is nice to read all comments here about their traditions! I'm from São Paulo and a tradition I love is eating pastel, a kind of fried mass. We eat pastel with sugarcane juice. It is delicious!

Submitted by ivette.mejia on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 02:11

So interesting to read about the most exciting customs from all over the world. The tradition that I miss the most is November the first, The day of the dead. It is believed in our country, Mexico, each November the first our loved ones come down from the skies and the beyond to visit us. They find the path to their relatives and friends because our custom is to prepare a shrine with their favorite main course, pictures, and some tokens that help us to remind them. Even though our tradition has evolved and made a mix with the American Halloween custom it is still my favorite Holiday, it has a sort of mysticism to see the children and youth using original customes from supernatural characters.

Submitted by Amanul Ihsan on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 01:29

It is so nice to read some of the tradition of other countries. My name is Amanul and I'm from Indonesia. I want to point that our culture is greatly influenced by Islamic teaching, so the tradition of my country I love the most is eid al-fithr. Basically, in that day all of our family held a gathering together to celebrate and eating food, like ketupat and opor ayam.

Submitted by YED on Sat, 20/03/2021 - 02:26

It's very interesting to read about what tradition you miss more! I come from the French West Indies and there, we used to celebrate dead people we loved on november, the 1st and 2nd. Some people of the family, usually my grandmother, used go to the local cemetery to clean the graves in the morning. In the late afternoon, all the family started to prepare themeselves to go to the cemetary. Once there we lit candles on the graves, put flowers..it was very exiting when I was a child. Moreover, it was an occasion to meet the while family, aunts, uncles, cousins alive and dead ☺

Submitted by theany regort on Wed, 17/03/2021 - 19:28

It's been very funny to find out all the differences but also all the similarities between countries. My favorite mexican tradition is all the ritual we make around baby Jesus in christmas. Firs we sing a song called "posada" that is about Jose and María trying to find a place where they can stay the night until she gives birth to bby Jesus. Then we lull to sleep to a figure of a bby Jesus, we kiss his forehead and receive sweets form the owner of the figure. Finally we break the piñata as a symbol of our liberation from the seven capital sins. I know it sounds very intense, but it's actually very funny.

Submitted by palensuardi on Tue, 16/03/2021 - 21:23

It is wonderful to get to know traditions from all around the glove. I am from Dominican Republic and I live in the North Cost of the island. Sancocho (a kind of soup with a lot of meat, yuccas, plantains and more), the Dominican flag (rice, beans, and meat), and mangu (smashed plantains) are some of our traditional dishes. However, sweet beans are my favorites among all of them. Red beans, sugar, cow and coconut milk along with cinnamon and a pinch of salt are the basic ingredients to prepare this exotic and delicious dish. Sweet beans are eaten around The Holy Week; it is a time to remember Jesus´ life and to be with family. For me is just more than perfect to enjoy a hot bowl of sweet beans with cookies and raisings a long with my loved ones. It is said that sweet beans are a mishmash of flavors of all continents and represent Dominican culture because it was here were the ingredients became a traditional plate for our culture. No other country eats beans sweetened like in Dominican Republic. It is a unique dish from Quisqueya (how the island is called sometimes). I hope that you reading this someday have the opportunity to taste sweet beans prepared by a Dominican. I am definitely sure that you will never forget its flavor.

Submitted by hassainar on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 11:36

It is nice to read about different traditions and celebrations all over the world. As i am from south India and a Muslim we have a mixed tradition, a trdition of islam and south india tradition. I love to be with family on the occasion Eid which is one of the main festival for muslims. I love to visit friends and family homes on the day of Eid. People were very busy one the night before Eid buying new dresses for them and there family. Everybody is very happy on that day.
Yes, a nice tradition. I think Muslims in the world do it. And in my country Lebanon the early morning of Eid, people go to the local cemetery to honorand remember the passed away relatives.

Submitted by Guizi on Thu, 11/03/2021 - 02:03

Hello everyone, it's so cool to see how traditions can vary from country to country or even place to place in the same country. I'm from Brazil and the tradition I like the most here is to be among my friends watching a soccer game. The thing I like the most about this tradition is that we always disagree on how our team should be playing the game. Sometimes the same person complains about how bad a player is performing in one game and in the next game, the same person praises the same player. It's hilarious! The best of this situation is that we always end watching the games by laughing at each other and this keep us very excited for the next game.

Submitted by Elina300697 on Sun, 07/03/2021 - 16:54

Hello, guys. I very like to read about different traditions, every time you can learn something new about other countries and their cultures and traditions. I’m Armenian by nationality, but now I’m living in Russia. So I want to tell about the Saint Sarkis’s day. On the eve of Valentines Day girls cook a special salt cake for divination. They make a wish to see their beloved in a dream and eat a piece of pie.He must appear in a dream and ask for a drink. So funny and amazing =)

Submitted by marisolar on Fri, 05/03/2021 - 19:55

Hello guys, I really appreciate to know a little bit of your country's traditions. It's very special to share and read so rich experiences with you. I'm from Brazil and my favorite holiday is on February when we celebrate the carnival. As the Brazil is a very large coutry, each region has its own way to celebrate this date. And I love enjoy the Carnival on Olinda's City, because is three days of party with a lot of popular manifestations as maracatu groups, coco de roda, frevo, reggae and etc. As a northstearn Brazilian I feel so connected with the energy of this moment, when we can forget all problems and fall in revelry. Antônio that goes to Olinda in Carnival time never forget. It's wonderful.

Submitted by Ari on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:28

It is so interesting and fascinating to read about different traditions in other countries. I am a Bulgarian by nationality, but I leave my whole life in Moldova. My favorite tradition is Wine Day (or Vine Day) , which is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in October. I can say with confidence that winemaking is in the blood of every Moldovan. Even if you look at the map, you will see that Moldova looks like a bunch of grapes. The festival is a parade of winemakers with musical and choreographic compositions. Guests are invited to taste the best wine in combination with national dishes. The festival ends with a large dance called ''Hora'' (Moldovan folk dance). Have a nice day!

Submitted by Gao on Sun, 28/02/2021 - 09:47

It is so interesting to read about everyone's home tradition. I am from East Laos. The thing I love the most in my country tradition in Li Xi on Lunar New Year. The best thing about it is children receive Li Xi from adults and the history behind it. Basically, adults hope children have good health and always have good luck so they give them Li Xi. Li Xi traditionally is a red envelop with small money inside. The red color is believed that can avoid evils and money means good luck. Nowadays, there are many changes. The envelop color can be vary such as yellow, orange, blue, etc.. And the small money becomes big money. Even the tradition has been change through out the time but I still love it. Kids enjoy receiving Li Xi from grandparents, Mom, Dad, older siblings and others. They keep it as secret until bring it home and excited to open it. I hope this tradition will be maintained with good intention so that kiddos can enjoys it.

Submitted by Adrian49 on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 13:34

When winter goes away and spring arrives a lot of children prepare figure of Marzanna, goddness of winter. She is built by using sticks and straw. We put clothes on her and then build a bonfire and burn her or throw her in a river. It's a symbol of the arrival of spring - Jaryle, god of spring.

Submitted by jose luis torr… on Tue, 23/02/2021 - 02:48

It's very interesting to know some traditions from other countries. I'm from Peru and we have a lot singular history episodes. I've read about Incas, civil wars, conflict with other countries are parts of our past.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Mon, 22/02/2021 - 14:00

In my country the tradition I like best is the Holy month of Ramzan. For many years this special tradition of fasting has brought the Islamic community together in spiritual ways and a feeling of peace and harmony. The blessing of this Holy month attracts more people to the mosques.

Submitted by Norba on Sat, 20/02/2021 - 11:30

Hello everyone, So many things to learn from your comments. I'm from Syria in the middle east. From a small town where we have Akito celebration. Akito is the new year (B.C.) for a very ancient civilization of the assyrian people. Akito celebrations last for 7 days to welcome spring season. We go to a green lands, set our tents, wear our costumes, dance and have our special food. I wait for this week every year as it keeps me attached to my family, relatives and it helps us not to forget our traditions.

Submitted by Antoni Luna on Fri, 19/02/2021 - 19:29

Hello! everyone. I'm from Dominican Republic, you probably don't know about this beautiful island in the Carribean Sea and we don't have traditions like Halloween, but we celebrate other kind of traditions among which ones my favorite is the civil war of April 25th, and you probably think that a civil war is not a cause of celebration but actually it represents the day when dominican people fight united against oppression.

Submitted by sxweetlollipop on Thu, 18/02/2021 - 09:07

Hello everyone! It's wonderful to know traditions around the world. I'm from Vietnam, and it's such a coincident that I'm currently having Lunar New Year holiday here. We celebrate LNY, or "Tet" in our language, on the first week of every lunar year. There are many practices to be done before and during the holiday, mainly relevant to our ancestors. It's also a chance to clean up and decorate our home for the incoming year, as a new fresh start. But above all, what we all look forwards to Tet is the time we get to spend with those we love. It's a chance to see your distant relatives, your old friends, or those who had been going abroad the whole year, and give eachother beautiful wishes. However, Tet wouldn't be whole if we don't count another unique tradition in. During Tet, it is expected for adults to give money in red envelopes to children, and so they will receive a (childish) wish in return. There are lots of tradition on Tet holiday, and together, they make Tet an unforgettable experience, to be looked forward to by both children and adults. Have an awesome new year everyone!
Hélio sxweetlollipop! I like pretty much to know a little about Vietnam's tradition. But I have a doubt, your country follows the lunar calendar?

Submitted by mafaa.k on Tue, 16/02/2021 - 17:24

Hi guys. I am from Uzbekistan. From my point of view a few people know about this country. Unfortunately, there are not celebrations as hallowen or carnival in my country. However, we celebrate Navruz every year for ages. It is our traditional holiday. And it is celebrate in 21st Mart. Navruz is the beginning of spring. Basically, on this day we wear traditional dresses, that called Atlas, and cook traditional foods of our country. It can be somsa, plov, pie-apples. But especcially revered traditional food we cook on Navruz is Sumalyak. Sumalyak taste like Nutella, but it is not nutella. I can not think that it is cool, but i do not like this holiday. Because it is a little boring to me. In spite of this many people like this. if you want knew more information, you could search it in google. ( if i had mistakes, write me) And please say me, how i can improve my speaking. Or lets create a speaking club!

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Submitted by fmayr on Tue, 16/02/2021 - 07:47

Personally, I quite like "Berchteln". You dress up completely in white, even covering your face, and go from house to house. There the people have to guess who you are. Afterwards kids get sweets and adults get alchol and you move on. Our town has its own little tradion when it comes to "Berchteln". In the rest of Austria people dress up either fully white or fully black. We only wear white. That is because there once was an old lady who would only led in those dressed in white. Thus everyone started doing that.