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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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Colombia keeps its allergy in spite of its problems. This is its principal tradition because there are many carnivals, friendly people, good food and amazing views BUT, its most important tradition is that the Colombians (in majority), always bathe and are clean... Everyday!
Hi everyone It is very nice to read and learn about different cultures around the world. I am from Colombia and I think the best tradition of my country is the ´´Blancos y negros´´ carnival. We celebrate this carnival the first week of the year, but only it is celebrated in one department of the country. It is amazing because there are colorfull floats wich represent the indigenous culture, architecture and mains traditions of the region. Also, there are music, traditional dances and delicious food. But the best is how the people play with paintings and foam. This tradition was born many years ago because there was a fusion of cultures. Really it is beautiful and I am so proud about my culture.
I love celebrate the especials dates of my country because is a form the to continue the traditions for example in the city San Martin, where my father born, on November they commemorate the "Cuadrillas festival" where the people dress according the differents characters and they do games like carrers, found the money among other.
Hello everyone.It's so exciting to read about traditions of different countries! I'm from Russia. There are a lot of traditions in my country and one of them is the Day of Ivan Kupala. It is celebrated from 6 to 7 July. This holiday is ancient and we have many legends and traditions which are associated with it.People jump over bonfires,spin wreaths,dance in a circle and look for the flower of fern which on legend can help its owner to find treasures,to speak with animals and to open any locks. I really like it but I'm sad that this and a lot of other traditions have fallen into decay in recent years.
In my country we have lot of traditions, that we can divise them to national traditions and religion traditions, the first one, they have a direct relation with french colonialism in algeria from 1830 to 1962, and between yhe two dates we have sevral celebrations, every one related to a special event, as revolution, date of the independent.... the second one or the religion traditions, they have a relation with Islam as the celebration of the birth of our prophet Mohamed, the holy month in the year of muslims "Rmadhan", where adult muslims must fast during the day, and families usually gather for Iftart and have a big meal together, Aid el Fitr after the month of fasting "Ramdhan"............
It’s so cool to read about the traditions around the world. I’m form Mexico and in my country the tradition that like best is the Day of the Death. This tradition involves to remember friends and family who have died. The death is not viewed as a sadness thing because we celebrate the life’s of our loved ones. We celebrate this day with our dead. This celebration includes to visit the graves and build altars with the favorite foods of the deceased.
It's wonderful to see that the World is very diverse and colorful, and the traditions are usually moments when we share, remember and celebrate. I've noticed some common symbols in every tradition like the bonfire and the candies. Here in Brazil, we have two examples of these. The Saint John party, in which we build a bonfire and dance and sing around it, dressed like countryside people, perform an imaginary wedding, and then we jump over that fire. It happens every Winter's Solstice, at the end of June. Also, we have the Saint Cosmas and Damian party, when we eat and give lots of candies. This one happens every Spring, on September 27th. I remember once that I ate so many candies that I had a one-of-a-kind belly ache.
Familiarity with a traditions of different ethnic groups is very interesting to me. For example the common celebrate bonfire in England has similarities to our chaharchmbe suri celebrate. We celebrate on the last Wednesday of the year. ‏ by lighting a small fire,we recite a poem and jump over it. In the past on the night of the chaharchmbe suri, the tradition of spoon-waving(ghashogh-zani) was also common. This tradition similar to the celebration of Halloween in other countries. Children cover their face tonight, and they sound with bowl and spoon, and so they knocked on the door of neighbor's house. Neighbors also greeted them with nuts and chocolate. The Traditional food tonight is noodles and rice.
That's great Elena. Very similar to some traditions that we have here in Brazil. Both related to Christian saints and traditions, like Saint John party and Saint Cosmas and Damian party.
Fascinating! A lot of comments about home traditions that I didn’t know before I’m from Myanmar (is used to known as Burma). Many interesting tradition n festivals are held each month for the whole year. Thingyan, Thadin Kyut and Thasongdine are the most famous of all and my favorite is Thingyan Festival ( Water Festival) which is also the celebration of the Myanmar New year. Usually, starts at April 12nd and last 4 or 5 days. Basically, this is the time that Thagya Min ( Head of gods) come down to the earth and make a list of good people and bad peoples. During these days, we do a lots good deeds , make festive desserts like: Mote Lone Yaypaw (sticky rice ball with sweets) and share with neighbors n friends. Amazing thing to do is splashing water each other which means that we clean up our sin of past events. So we can do and have good things for the rest of the year. But this year 2020, we couldn’t make it cuz of Covid-19. So, we were locking down at home. Me and my family are spending the days by watching old but gold Thingyan movies.
Hi everyone, So glad to read all your messages about beloved traditions in your country ! I'm from France but I've been leaving in Belgium for three years. The tradition I miss the most is the National Day on July14th. First of all, it takes place in July, so most of time, the weather is good and everybody is on vacation or has a day off. There's a strong feeling of liberty and fraternity this day. This night, you find a place to sit with your friends, your family or your neighbourhood. And when the sky is really dark, around midnight, the show begins. You can see a beautifull fireworks. It's like magic. All the colours and the sounds makes me so excited ! This tradition celebrates the end of the royalty during the French Revolution in 1789. During this dark period of the French History, people fought against privileges and claimed more egality. This day, July 14th 1789, they got through the prison of La Bastille and delivered all the prisonners. It meant that the king couldn't hold all the powers in his hand so the end of the absolute monarchy. A few years later, as the king Louis XVI didn't want to cooperate and share his power, he has been executed : the guillotine cut off his head.
I like many traditions on my country but I like the most is eid ul fitr which is celebrated on 1st of shawal.it is usually a happy moment when all people dress well and go to offer prayer.we made different sweat dishes at home and we send these food to our neighbours and also serve our relatives and guests.
I'm from Myanmar and we can find a lot of traditions everywhere in my country. The citizens of Myanmar donate food and things and share with their neighborhood and relatives in some festivals like Thingyan,Thadingyut and Tazaungdaing. In the two latter ones, almost all the streets and roads are lighted up with colourful bulbs and decorations. I'm happy to walk on those lighted streets along with my parents.
Hello everyone,this is my first experience to write in English in a forum. It's interesting for me to read and to discover everyone's traditions. I' m living in France , and there are so many traditions here, like, the Christmas Day, New year, Easter, The May 8th , The July 14th and many others. My origin is Algeria and every year ,with my family , we celebrate the Eid. I like this tradition and all muslims in France celebrate it. We cook some cakes and we offer them to all people , the neighbors, the friends, the kids, the colleagues, the poor peoples whatever the cultures. Its a day of the fraternity, the charity, and the happiness.
Hi guys, So cool to read about everyone's home tradition they miss the most! I'm from Sevilla, but i have been living in Barcelona last 4 years and now i'm living in Berlin. I miss the feria. Is one typical traditions on my town. Every May, at the beginning of month, around 5 days, my town is in celebration. There is a special place in the town where the people only drink, eat and dance together. The girls wear a typical dress for the party. They are really beautiful. The flamenco is the kind of music more usual to the party, but unfortunately the younger people dance reggaeton also. Although are days for to be happy, many people is in celebration in spite of bad economic situation. The Feria is a place for spend a lot money and many people spend the money without have it. In my opinion, this is the worst of the party, hypocrisy of people.
I found very interesting that people usually talk about traditions in their home countries, and you talked about Sevilla like it were a nation by itself. Fantastic!
Hello everyone, it's so cool to read about everyone's home traditions. I have been living in Myanmar since I was born. But I sometimes miss our tradition, is Myanmar New Year (Thingyan Water Festival). We celebrate it in April usually. We believe that Thingyan Water wash our bad things out in the past, so we could own good things for the rest of the days in next year. We cook traditional foods and share them to our relatives, neighbors and elder persons. All of people who far away from home come back and reunite with their families. Some families take trips around the country to homepage the Pagodas. Most of the people in Myanmar spend their holidays like I mentioned above. Unfortunately this year, all of events have been shutting down cause of COVID-19 as you know. I am happy to share you all one of our traditions that I miss the most.
`Hello everyon It`s so cool to read about every one`s traditions .I`m iranian but I`m living in Australia .Iranian celebrate the new year on the first day of spring .It`s a traditional persian celebration called Norooz .we are happy and injoy this time of the year .Especially the children ! The school are closed for 13 dayes .
Hi every one I hope your well. In my village there is a special tradition . Every year in april we choose a day to celebrate, basically that celebration has started many years ago .feeding poor people and reading qura'an are the most impotant things we do. In this day lots of people from different village came to my village to celebrate with thier cousins and relatives, every one has fun that day.
So cool that there are a lot of comments about everyone's home tradition. I've been living in Vietnam since I was born. My country has several fascinating cultural traditions. I love all of them, especially making Banh Chung (sticky rice cake) during the Vietnamese New Year. Banh Chung is usually made of sticky rice, along with pork meat, and green bean, all wrapped in the shape of a perfect square with the leaf from a local plant called Dong. And then Vietnamese would place them on ancestors' altars till cook them one or two days before New Year. This is the chance for all of us to reuniting after a long journey far away from home. I'm sure it is the most meaningful of our wholelife time. The material of Banh chung is not only these things I told you above, it's also be made from each members' of families love and effort. In conclusion, this activity has become an indispensable part of our traditions whenever Tet approaches.

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Hello everyone! Its so interesting for me to read traditions and stories which I didnt know. I living in Kazakhstan and Im really interesting to visit in other countries. How that feels? Really exciting! As all i like to celebrate such holidays like Christmas,New Year,International womens day and so on. Especially holidays which isnt celebrated in my country like Helloween,Chinese New Year,Bonfire Night and Christmas day. When I was a child I frequently read fairy tales and these holidays often mentioned in the books. Also I often watched movies about Christmas Day and about other holidays. In my country we celebrate spring Holiday Nauryz in March.Nauryz is Kazakh new yearand is a very essential day for Kazakhs.Do you hear or know about this? It is the day when your closest and friends gathered together to celebrate this brightly moment. Theres lot of games ,songs,dances and also dishes like besbarmak, qazy qarta,koje and drinks as qymyz and shubat.In this holiday the flowers starts to blossom and birds starts to singing. Its holiday make people happy and joyful.During Nauryz celebrations , past offences are forgiven and forgotten and everybody makes a wish to leave all badness behind and bring renewal in the New Year. Recently we celebrated Nauryz with family at home because we couldnt go outside and celebrate this moment with relatives and friends due to Coronavirus.(( But I hope that in the next year we will celebrate this holiday together and will ride on horses. :)
Hello everyone, It's so cool to read about everyone's traditions. I'm taif from Saudi Arabia. and there is a lot of traditions in my country. the best traditions most are Eid. After we fast for 30 days, we celebrate on Eid by getting big meals. the most favorite thing to me when the old people give us some money.
Hi, everyone. I'm from Kazakhstan and in my country a lot of tradition. In my childhood favourite was Shashu. Oldest grandmother appear and begins to throw candys to children. This traditional happens in each holidays. Shashu mean joy and happiness. Shashu like adults and children.
So cool to read about everyone's home tradition. I’m Brazilian and in my country aumoust have a home tradition about bonfire. Is the Saint João Batista day’s, that is a catolical traditional party. The bonfire simbolize the João Batista borned. Izabel, mother of João Batista, made a promise to her cousin Maria, mother of Jesus, when her baby was born, she would light a fire and put a mast with a doll on top for Maria to know about the birth. Now a days, the people continue partynig that traditional party, and biulding a bonfire, and put the João Batista Saint mast and cook the tipical foods: boiled corn, peanut candy, cake corn for celebrate the date.
the best tradition most of us do it in egypt and its religion tradition is eid we eat biscuits and eat kahk(circle shape dessert its sugary) and we celebrate eid after we fasting ramdan
So nice to read about all these local traditions! it makes me dream! I'm Russian and I've been living in France for 10 years. I miss a lot my native country with its customs and traditions. There is no particular Russian tradition I miss the most, but I would like to speak here about Women day which is well-known in Europe as well in Russia, but it's not really celebrated in European countries. In Russia the 8th of March is a special day, the day when any woman - from little girl to old grandma - is a queen, she feels adored and loved. She receives flowers, gifts and sweet messages from her loved ones. This day the woman is always pampered in Russia, while in European countries the 8th of March symbolizes feminism and its fight for women rights. In Europe this day doesn't bring any tenderness, any gentleness. So, this day I prefer to be in Russia then in France.
It’s fascinating that there are so many different countries with very interesting traditions but personally, Egyptian traditions surprise me the most. But in my country, we say Užgavėnės, which is a Lithuanian festival that takes place during the seventh week before Easter around February every year. Its name in English means "the time before Lent." I remember as a young child with classmates, celebrating the festival in the school stadium, making a big Scary doll that we always put in the middle of a bonfire as it was always cold and snowing in Lithuania this time of the year. Hence we had a tradition of dancing in circle around the bonfire singing ”winter go away. The traditional food for the celebrations is pancakes and waffles served hot with sweet sauces.
Hello everyone For me it is a traditional party in the south of Spain. There are also bonfires and fireworks. But the theme is different. We celebrate the end of an olive harvest with a few bonfires in every neighborhood in every city. It's amazing because there is music and a party everywhere, and you can dance and eat with everyone around the bonfire. BYE
Hi, everyone. It’s very interesting to know traditions of different countries. I’m from China. There are a lot of traditions in China. The most romantic tradition is Tanobato on July 7th of Chinese lunar calendar. Nowadays we also called Chinese Valentine’s Day. According to legend, there was an honest man whose name is Liu Lang from mundane world, and a gorgeous fairy whose name is Vega from heaven. They fall in loved at first sight. And then, they got married and had a lovely son and a beautiful daughter. They had a very happy life during that days. Unfortunately, about two years later, The queen of heaven Vega’s mother knew her daughter Vega had got married with a mundane men. She was very angry about it, and then she brought Vega back to heaven. Liu Lang was depressed after Vega left. With the help of a magic cow, Liu Lang and his children flew to heaven. At the time he found Vega, and almost caught her. The queen mother took off her hairpin and draw a long line in the sky between Liu Lang and Vega. Suddenly, a huge river appeared. Liu Lang and Vega were separated on the two banks forever. Everyone in mundane and heaven felt sad about their story. Their unmovable love touched heaven’s magpies. On July 7th, tens of thousands magpies came to built a bridge. So Liu Lang and Vega could meet on the bridge. By many people’s suggestion, the queen allowed they could meet on July 7th each year. So, it’s become a tradition that people send gifts to their lovers.
So interesting traditions of your countries. I live in Mexico and in my city we celebrate "el día de las flores". Men give a flower to the girl they like when walking around the "jardin de la unión". A day before the government brings concerts of regional music so that people attend to dance. I enjoy this celebration because of the time you spend with friends.
Hello guys! It is interesting to read your stories. I've been living in Germany for more than five years but I was born and grew up in Ukraine. In Ukraine, we have many different holidays and traditions which I love! This time I will tell you about New Year and Christmas, as they are a bit different from other contries. In Germany, as in many other European countries and the USA, Christmas is much more important than New Year. But for the Ex-Soviet Union countries (like Ukraine, Russia, Belarus) is the New Year more valuable. Why is it so? In the Soviet Union we didn't have any religion, so we didn't have Christmas at all. Only after breakdown of the Soviet Union, many of people became orthodox and started to celebrate Christmas. The celebration is also different. Many of typical Christmas traditions like Christmas tree, gifts, family dinner and so on, we, in Ukraine, have in New Year. On Christmas eve we have only a family dinner. On the table it has to be 12 different dishes and always Kutia - traditional dish made often with grain, poppy and dried fruits ( I am not a fan of it). Such celebration makes more sense for me. I am really wondering how Christmas tree and gifts are related to the Birth of Christ? I could assume how they are related to New Year but to he Birth of Christ? No, I cannot..Any ideas?

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In Russia there is a tradition called Ivan Kupala which has been celebrated for ages before Christianity. It's not a day actually. People celebrate it at night between 23 and 24 of June. At the time of paganism among the ancient Rus there was a deity - Kupalo, personifying summer fertility. After the baptism of Rus, the deity Kupalo had been supplemented of christian name - Ivan and then became a mixture of both religions. One of the funniest things about Ivan Kupala is so called clean bonfires. People dance around them and jump over. It's considered then higher you managed to jump over then happier and luckier you're gonna get in the future. In these bonfires everybody burns their old cloth to get rid of their illnesses. Also it's believed all evil spirits are alive at that night plotting against people. That why nobody sleeps until the morning. On the whole it's a pretty fun time with lots of cheerful activities which couldn't help doing without fireworks. Come to Russia and see yourself!
Hello everyone! I'm from Mongolia. It's nice to share with you my beautiful country's traditions. Mongolians have wide histories and traditions. If you ask me for What tradition is most special, I would say it's Lunar New year. Not in Mongolia, Lunar new year is a very special celebration in Asia. (China, Korea, Mongolia) Before the celebration, all the family prepares their "Deel", traditional foods, presents for relatives. Deel is a Mongolian traditional cloth. During the Lunar new year, We all go to the elders to greeting, it's a very special part of it. Because in this century all people live in a rate race, but in the lunar new year we can meet each other and a chance to know our relatives and tradition. I think the Lunar new year is to connect.
I have been reading about your different traditions, so those are awesome. I'm from Colombia and here there are many different traditions. For example on December 7th, we celebrate "El día de las velitas". This is a celebration where the people light up a candle on their home and pray. Also, in each family make many foods and share them. Now I'm in Spain and I miss most this day.
Hallo, The tradition I like most in my country is the way we are celebrating Christmas. I used to celebrate Christmas with my mother. She always has her tradition of cleaning the whole house, buying new stuff, and going to the church. However; she passed away five years ago. I miss these traditions.
The tradition that i like best in my country, is what we have the last day of every year. In Ecuador, we build a life size model of a person and burn it in a bonfire, very similar of the tradition shows in this post. This person could be a politician, a superheroe, a popular person or even a member of the family, but not with the dark reason of Bonfire Night on 5th November. Moreover, in my country people have the idea that if a model of you is burned, you will be lucky all year !!!
Hi everyone, It's nice to know about traditions of different countries, and very important to maintain them alive, because they represent our identity. Also by means of them, we can learn more about our history. I'am from morocco and here we have several traditions we are celebrating annualy.
The best tradition I like in my country is what the Egyptians are are doing in the Holy month of Ramada.
As I am an Egyptian, we have many traditions. Some of them are related to our culture, maybe our religion and so on. The best one I like much is eating KHAK in our religious feast. It's a kind of biscuits with grinding sugar. It's so tasty. We gather together to eat it with a cup of tea.
That is so nice knowing about different traditions and cultures in the entire world. I am from Iran, the most interesting tradition is celebrating new year in my country. It starts in the first day of the spring and a few other country also celebrate that. People are use to get together and visit relatives as well as cooking delicious dishes.
Hi every one . I read all comments about tradition in various countries. I like to say tradition of srilanka why I am from srilanka. The tradition what I say it is "Sinhala Hindu National Festival" That time is enjoyable time of the year. We play traditional sports in that time. Also we rind tambourines and we sing tambourine poems. Also we go to relatives houses for see them and call them. Also we wear new clothes for the festival. Its funny.
Hello everyone I was traditionally born in Vietnam, but has migreated to Australia since last year. I was living in the city of Vietnam in which I have not participated many country's tradition and culture unlike people are living in rural areas. Everything in the city is modern, fast growing and people are hurry to earn a living and seemingly they do not have enough time to think about culture and tradition and celebrate those. Luckily, I had an opportunity to travel to rural part of country alot in my adulthood. Part of it because of family culture, we would spend at least 2 weeks for travelling one a year after hard labouring of the full year. And other part is I love traveling. I have been traveling to couple rural place in my country and there were so many place that I have learnt and acknowledged my own tradition. Such as where people celebrate autumn season with a dragon boat racing festival in Mekong delta. This is a tradition has been practising by Mekong delta people more than thousand year. From selecting of the best river warior in accient time to work for empire, to celebrating the end of year on the rice farm in which people wish another year that will be properous, good sowing season and well havesting. To be there and participate in the racing festival in which has been practising for thousand year, that gave me an emotional feeling, being proud of my own culture and this was also pushing me to travel more and to explore more in order to understand my own tradition, my culture and my people. Then sharing those intereting stories that I know during my traveling through Vietnam in the future to friends and all people that I meeting and also satisfying "my tradition" traveling hobby.
Well where to start, first of Colombia is recognized by various countries for having different types of indigenous groups. That being said is pretty awesome that we recognize them as part of our culture. Why because, we can never forget that majority of the agriculture is thanks to them, because we have earned the privilege to learn the different beliefs and things that they do from the rest of the world. They are people that don't like to know what is like the outside their region or territory, because according to them that would make you a person that has lost its culture. By trying to fit into society, and showing a costume person and not the real you. There is an object that identify us, they called it "the flip hat". No matter where we are, if we are in another country and if you see us with the flip hat you will automatically know that we are Colombian. Because that hat is what defines our people, how many men, women and children have worked so hard so that we could get into our hands the flip hat. And finally that is why Colombia, is known to preserve their culture because they recognized every corner of their country that makes part of their culture.
It is interesting to read about traditions of different countries.I am living in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan has also funny traditions.One of them is Novruz holiday. This holiday is celebrated in some other Asian countries too.
Hi guys! I've read about everyone's home tradition, I found them really interesting. I come from Greece but I've been in the UK for the last two months. The thing I miss a lot is Greek easter. It's a religious celebration which everybody really enjoys, including traditional food and feasts. Greek wine, ouzo, and other drinks flow freely. So cool to see everyone dancing and singing traditional Greek dances and folk songs. Between us at the end of the day, everybody is quite drunk and happy.
Dear Brothers and sisters, I am from Afghanistan, currently living in Australia. Hence, this gives me an opportunity to talk about, both of my two favourite traditions respectively: the Christmas and Eid. At Christmas which is on 26th of December, we have a two day public holiday in Australia. During this time, my friends and I are usually spending our time camping. So far, we have visited Eildon lake, Wilson Promontery National Park and Cooper Creek which are located in Victoria.
So nice to hear about all different and cool traditions! I'm Matteo from Italy, we have so many traditions, but the coolest is absolutly carnival! In this days most people walk in the streets while wearing a mask,it could be a funnie or historical one. Also there are carnival's parades where you can see many different styles. I suggeste to go in Venice to could see the best disguise of the world. I hope you will think about it.