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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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Hello MCE,

I see what you mean, but we created this page this way on purpose. One reason is that a good way to learn to write a certain kind of text is to imitate similar texts. In other words, you can use this class forum as a model for writing in a class forum in your life.

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Submitted by Gizem175 on Thu, 12/05/2022 - 18:16

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ı am pleased to read your traditions. I am from Turkey. We have a special day to celebrate. On the tenth day of Moharram( the first month in the Islamic lunar calendar). We make a dessert. It's called Ashura. The meaning of this dessert comes from the prophet Moses. According to Islamic belief, he made this dessert to survive when he sailed for a long time in the sea. o we always make Ashura on that day
then we serve Ashura to our neighbors.
We use a lot of things to make Ashura like rice, wheat, milk, pomegranate, grape, orange, apple, bean ex.
If you come here, you can taste Ashura. I am sure you will like it.
Toodles:)

Submitted by Barrita on Tue, 03/05/2022 - 23:46

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Hello everybody, today I talk about tradition in my country México especific in Oaxaca we have traditional celebretion Guelaguetza here people the diferent regions meet to dancing on first monday of july. Guelaguetza is about share, share you have but whit love

Submitted by Anna 229 on Wed, 27/04/2022 - 11:51

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It is really interesting reading about the variety of traditions of different countries. As for me, I'm originally from Myanmar known as Burma and the tradition I like the most in my country is " Thingyan Festival " that is also marked as a water party. We, Burmese, assume that as a festival of cleaning and washing all the waste and bad things that were happened last year. Pouring water on each other, doing good, giving respect to the old, and making food and sharing others are the main precious features of my favourite festival.

Submitted by diemthuy123.dt on Fri, 22/04/2022 - 09:37

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Reading all your comments gave me a lot of interesting knowledge about traditions in other countries. It reminds me too much of my country, Vietnam.
My country has a lot of diverse traditions, especially national costumes. We have 54 ethnic groups corresponding to a lot of traditional costumes too. However, the most popular traditional costume in my country is Áo Dài. I hope you knew Áo Dài before :D
Áo Dài was first created in 1744 and has many variations so far now. Be created a long time ago, but Vietnamese people still try to preserve this culture. We wear Áo Dài on important occasions like Lunar New Year, Weddings, funeral, and so on. Even high school girls are encouraged to wear Áo Dài on every Monday when they go to school. It is so beautiful and makes a woman softer and more attractive.

If you have any chance to go to Vietnam, I highly recommend you try on Áo Dài, you will see a different beauty in you which you have never seen before

It's interesting to discover others traditions thank you for sharing it with us. I'm from Morocco, and I would like to talk about an amazing tradition/celebration which is called 'yennayr'. Amazigh people celebrate it each 12 January(Amazigh new year).It's associated with the agriculture and the earth. People celebrate with traditional food, music, and dance.
'Yennayr' is the first month of the Amazigh year.

Submitted by mtomie12 on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 14:53

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The tradition I miss the most is "Festa Junina" (June festival). Brazil is a catholic country, and these festivals celebrate st. Anthony (13/6), st. John (24/6), and st. Peter (29/6) days. We have several typical games. The food differs among regions. However, corn and cassava are essential ingredients in sweet and savoury dishes. In some areas, Festa Junina is more important than Carnival.

Submitted by elisabasterrechea on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 08:53

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So lovely to read about your interesting traditions guys!
These comments make me feel that I want to visit your countries straight away. I am from Spain, but I've been living in the UK for almost 8 years.
Actually, the most I miss about my country is the fairs.They are parties that each city does when Spring-Summer time comes. People dance and dress up with traditional dresses in the streets, for example women dress with beautiful dresses and they put flowers in their heads.You can have a lot of fun, eat and drink typical food too.
People are very happy and you can meet a lot of people from
different places.