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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 saranourizadeh on Mon, 26/09/2022 - 20:23

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Hi everyone. so nice to read lots of comments about the traditions of your country.
I am from Iran But I've been living in Germany for 3 months and I miss my country.
The most tradition that I love is Norouz! Norouz is about starting a new year when spring comes. all Iranians put seven things that their name starts with 's' in Persian, together. Each of these things is a symbol of one nice concept like healthy, happiness, and wealth,...
Also, my father gives us a gift on Norouz. After starting the new year all families get together at my grandma's house and see each other to say congratulations on the new year.
In my opinion, this is the best way we can start the new year next to each other.

Hi everyone, it's my pleasure that to be part of the forum not only jut for learning English but also learning from many persons that come from different cultures. In my opinion, the traditions which have been alive during of history presumably have a deep root in any culture. Many traditions during the history has been vanished by many reasons which i will explore for the two main of them in the following. Political factor and religious factor, which have almost been an inseparable of any parts of changing in the human communities.
After human constituted a civil community politics as a necessary solution was emerged to administrate the communities. politics is all about having authority, which during of periods have been shifted between politicians those who tend to remain on the power horse and leave legacy. so one the most effective actions was promoting and creating their own milestones that led to remember every year at the exact date they were occurred. So it gradually became a tradition until other groups of politicians took the power. if they were agree on, it could have been continued. if they were not, they probably would have been made them illegal.
Religion is an other of main factors that even might be more important than politics factor. Religion in my mind regardless of its purpose generally is based on rite behavior , as known ritual ceremony. During throughout of our history hundreds or maybe thousands religion have been emerged that have caused to cereat many ceremonial traditions

Submitted by Rita25 on Mon, 26/09/2022 - 02:26

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It's really interesting to read about different traditions all over the world. I'm from Cebu but I've been living in korea for 2 years. What I miss the most is the Sinulog Festival celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January.

The Best thing about Sinulog Festival is family gathering around, women preparing delicious festive meal and the star of every festival is the 'Lechon' which is a roasted suckling pig. Basically Sinulog is celebrated to worship, praise Snr Santo Nino an image of the Holy Child was brought by Spanish Explorers.

So It's tradition that celebrate the facts how we embraced Christianity. Sinulog is a cultural and religious Festival, Millions flock the streets to witness a dance ritual and star studded float parade. It's the most anticipated Festival of the year.

Submitted by Dannps on Mon, 19/09/2022 - 03:02

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Hi guys! I liked so much reading about the traditions in your countries and I wanna share with you one about my city in Brazil.

Every year on January 25th we celebrate the birthday of São Paulo (SP) city and a community of Bixiga, a famous Italian district of SP, makes a big cake with 1 meter for each year of the city. In 2022 São Paulo is 468 years old, what makes the cake enormous. Let you know a thing, for prepare a cake with 400 meters is necessary almost a ton of flour, three thousand eggs, one thousand liters of milk and 650 kilos of butter.

The tradition started with Armando Puglisi, a resident of Bixiga, in 1986 when people of this community brought cakes to celebrate the birthday of the city.

The celebration starts on January 25th at noon o'clock with the traditional"Happy birthday" song and with the blessing of a priest of Nossa Senhora da Achiropita, the mostra famous parish of Bixiga. After this, the population is permited move foward to the cake and get a piece, which is a tremendous mess and fun. In 2008 a Brazilian channel TV encouraged the kids of the event to have a food fight with the cake what affected the next event. So, for this reason the population is forbidden to catch the cake by themselves and receive a slice individually.

The cake of Bixiga was considered the most extended cake by Guinness Book and it become famous for being consumed in less than 30 seconds by the population. In 2006 the cake was consumed only in 4 seconds. Unbelievable, isn't it?

Firstly, I want to thank you for your posts, because this topic is really interesting for me and I am really glad to hear about different cultures' traditions from the horse's mouth.
So let me tel about one of the important holidays in Belarus.
The culture of our country has deep Christian roots. In compliance with history orthodox tradition is more popular with population. And the main orthodox holiday, of course, is Easter. It is celebrated on different date every year, depending on the church calendar, but always on Sunday in March or April. There is seven-weekly fasting before it, including Holly week, when fast is especially strict. But not everyone can keep it, because it requires strong health and spiritual power.
On the Sunday a week before Easter it's a Palm Sunday. On this day Belarusian Christians purchase a willow branch and go to church to bless it and attend service. Also there are some special services during the Holly week, which believers try to attend. Moreover, they prepare for the holiday, clean their houses and try to behave properly - be patient, helpfull and kind to other people and do good deeds.
Besides, there are special cooking traditions: orthodox colour eggs in red with onion peelings, bake kuliches (Easter cakes) and cook paskha (rich mixture of sweetened curds, butter and raisins, nuts or dried fruits). On the Holly Saturday we go to the church to bless the meal and attend night service.
On the day of the Holiday Christians usually eat blessed meals, visit their relatives and have Easter lunch. They hail to each other with words 'Christ is risen'. Godparents give presents their godchildren. There is an atmosphere of sincere joy and everyone has loft feelings.
I really appreciate this holiday.

Hi everyone! It was very interesting to learn more about different cultures traditions. I’m from Tatarstan and I want to tell you about how we celebrate our national holiday Saban-tui.

Traditionally it is celebrated in the beginning of summer and it makes the end of sowing works. This holiday is celebrated in each tatar village and all Tatarstan towns. Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, is the main center of this holiday. People gather in spacious places outside of their villages and towns and watch the concert, horse race, or national fight. Winner of this fight traditionally get a ram (sheep). Children usually participate in various funny competitions and get sweet gifts.

Being at Saban-tui is the great chance to meet old friends, distant relatives and just have a good time.

Submitted by brunaG on Mon, 19/09/2022 - 00:16

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Hi! It's really nice learn about all this traditions! I'm from Brazil and here we have a lot of traditions, particularly about religious things.

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Thu, 15/09/2022 - 16:23

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There have many traditional festivals in our culture in Myanmar. One of them is lighting festival. It is also called TheDinGyut Festival. Thedingyut festival is celebrated to welcome the Buddhist When he came from Heaven. We welcome the Buddhist who came back to the earth after he paid gratitude his mother in heaven. It held in full moon day of ThedinGyut. We decorate infront of our house with the candle or firework or neon electric bulb at night to welcome the Buddhist. It is also time of pay respect to our grandparents, parents and elder relative. So many people pay respect them with some presents and they wish us to get the good things and pay the pocket money to us for happiness. This is our one of the lovely traditional festivals.

hello, nandar su hlaing.
I'm so happy to meet you coz I'm myanmar too.And I also pround of our traditional and thanks for your sharing.

Submitted by José Chay on Sun, 04/09/2022 - 00:36

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Hi, I am from Guatemala, and we celebrate a particular tradition a little bit similar to burn a Guy Fawkes on a bonfire. We celebrate this on December 7, but we burn a Devil piñata (piñata means a doll build with paper and it is decorated). The piñata takes the shape of Devil as you can imagine it's a red man with tail, horns and trident

the significate of this tradition it's to get a way the bad spirits, curses and bad vibes. the biggest Devil piñata that I've seen it was almost 5 meters of height