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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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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.
Hi, It's Mariaenrica and I'm from Italy. So cool to read about everyone's home traditions and I want to write about my favourite one : La Befana (or the Epiphany) on 6th January. Basically it talks about an old woman who goes to everyone's home and gives kids different kind of sweetes. It happens when the guy is a good one; if the guy is a bad one she gives him the coal. For this reason some people think she is a bad woman, even a witch who flies on her broom. But she is a representation of the right and wrong, as Santa Claus who doesn't bring to kids their presents when they are not good. But actually the parents put on the children's bed sweetes inside funny socks.
Hello I'm from Azerbaijan in my country we have many interesting traditions but my favorite tradition is Novruz. So we celebrate this day in 20/21 march and cooks many traditional sweets like pakhlava.
Certainly, the best tradition in my country IRAN and in other Persian language countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and so on is Nowruz. This feast means the new day. In IRAN, Nowruz begins on 21 March and ends after 13 days. It is a very nice tradition because everybody wears his new clothes and goes to the house of their relatives.
Some of the tradition you wrote about guys are really amazing. The Epiphany in Russia is something... Well, at the moment I live in Colombia and as Diego said, there are many carnivals and popular celebrations. In most of them there are beauty contexts, which I most confess I am not a big fan of, and usually there is very loud music during many days, which can be annoying. I am not quite sure whether I would miss those traditions if I leave. However, one context that I find funny is “Festival del burro”, dunky festival. It is a beauty contest but there are not women but donkeys. It takes place in a very small town called San Antero in the Caribbean coast and it works just like beauty contest with grooming donkeys.
Hello everyone! I am from Kazakhstan. Most of all I like Nauruz celebrating In our country. every year spring we visit each other and to wish helthy to each other. And in the centre of the each town of our country we build yurts, where everybody can taste our national meal
It's so nice to read about about the diversity of traditions around the world.I'm from Myanmar and I live in Yagon. In my country, there are many traditional festivals such as Thingyan , Waso , Thadingyut , Thasoungmyone ,etc.Among those, Thingyan festival is the biggest festival in Myanmar. It is also called Water festival or Myanmar New year. It usually takes place for 4 days and some year it takes place 5 days.We pour water each other and we donate foods and do good deeds in those day. We clean the house , Monastery and Pagodas. During the festival, we get public long holidays. In the first day of new year's morning , we go to the nearest pagodas after that to pray for the whole new year.
Hi. I’m from Vietnam. In my country, we have many tradition but the thing i like best is family gathering at mid autumn festival tradition. On this occasion, people are returning home and meeting their relatives. they will eat family meal and talk to each other. The children will receive other. The children will receive the Mid-Autumn Festival. It will be very exciting and happy. In particular, we have moon cakes - a cake in the Mid-Autumn Festival and we can say that Mid-Autumn Festival is not a Mid-Autumn Festival without moon cake.
Hi. I'm from Vietnam and I want to tell you about our tradition festival, which called "Tet". It's same as New Year in Western, but this is Lunar New Year in our country. We do many things in these days. Before Tet, we have to clean house and all objects in the house such as table, chair, wall, floor, etc. Then we will clean kitchen and buy goldfish to worship Mr.Cong & Mr.Tao (they are kitchen Gods) back to heaven. Then we will pack "Banh Chung" before New Year Eve so we can eat them during Tet. In the first day of New Year's morning, we often go exodus (go out of the house on appropriate direction of age) to hope for luck and best things will come. Most of us will come to the nearest pagoda after that to pray for New Year.
It's nice to read about all your traditions. I'm from Mexico and here we usually celebrate each november 1st the Day of the Death, "Día de los Muertos". This tradition consists of making an altar for the death people who might be your family or friends who passed away. We collocate orange flowers called "zempacúchitl", some candles, a photograph from the dead person and the most important thing is to put on the altar the dead one's favorite meal. Also we use to cook hot chocolate and the traditional bread called "pan de muerto" wich might be "death's bread". It tastes orange and has a fluffy and soft consistence. We love to celebrate this day and to our loved ones because we think that death isn't always a reason to cry but also a reason to feast that the people who passed away now is resting and that we remind them every day.
It's so nice to hear about the diversity of traditions you have in your countries. I'm from Bolivia and today, like every 24th January, we celebrate Alasitas, the Abundance Festival. A month long fair begins in La Paz, where you can buy miniature versions of whatever you desire to achieve this year. For instance, you might want to buy a house, so you could get a tiny house, a big building or a car. There are even little university degree tittles and marriage certificates. After their purchase, people pray to Ekeko, the god of abundance, with the hope he will bring fortune and abundance to your life. It might sound quite bizarre but there's a very colourful environment.
Hi! I'm from Russia, and I'm not a religious person, but I'd like to tell you about the orthodox holiday Epiphany. There is an interesting but sometimes extreme tradition to dive into the ice water late at night.
Hi everyone It is fascinating to read about diversity of traditions around the world. I'm from Iran and I've been living in Poland. one of the biggest celebrations in Iran is called "Yalda". Yalda means birth and comes from Zoroastrianism era. we celebrate the longest night of the year. Yalda night begins from the last evening of autumn until passed midnight. In this night we get to gather with our families and friends and eat fruits, nuts, drink and read poetry (Hafez). we pass the whole night with laughter and joy. The most important fruits of this night are pomegranate and watermelon, The red color in these fruits symbolizes cycle and glow of life. As I mentioned, during this night people also read Hafez poetry and each member of the family makes a wish and randomly opens the book and asks the eldest member of the family to read it aloud. Totally we spend amazing time in that night with our family.
I'm from Myanmar and I really enjoy participating in every occasion of our country. But the moment that I most excited is celebrating our water festival (we called Thingyan here). We pour water each other, we donate foods and do good deeds in those days. It takes 4 days long and we got public holidays at that time.
Hi everyone, I read almost three comments about the traditional celebration and all are funny. I am from Colombia where we have many festivals such as el Carnaval de Barranquilla, el Carnaval de negros y Blancos, la feria de Cali, etc. Those festivals represent Colombia traditions because there are different dances, types of music and many happines.
Hello everyone, The number of traditions around the world is impressive. Even just within a single country you can find a lot of different traditions. Some of them are typical and unique to the place, while others have a common origin but have been adapted to the place's culture. For instance, in Lima, the capital city of Peru, the country where I was born, it is very common to drink hot chocolate during Christmas. That is something that makes sense in countries from the north hemisphere that have a very cold winter during that time of the year. But not much in a country where the temperatures between December and January can fluctuate between 20°C and 26°C. Definitely that is an imported tradition. However, it is a very rooted tradition nowadays. So every year when Christmas is coming I get very excited because I know I that there will be lots of hot chocolate to indulge with. After all, who doesn't like a delicious cup of hot chocolate regardless of the season?
Wow! there are so many comments from different people from different part of the world. I born in India and amazing thing is I am still living here, just a joke! India is vast country and abode of many different culture and ethnic groups and each groups perform their rituals. There is one big celebration takes places during the month of Oct every year and called "Dussehra", it is celebration of "Good win over bad". People makes effigy of "Ravana" and his brother "Kumbhakarana" and his son "Meghnatha". There is a long story in short, Ravana was a bad figure and abducted wife of Lord Rama, who was great warrior and consider to be God and worshiped many parts of the world. Lord Rama along with his brother Laxmana and other kinds fought with Ravana and his army and defeat him. People celebrate this win every year and burn the effigies and distributes sweets. I am sure, almost all the countries in the world celebrate similar festivals. Wishing everyone to enjoy life.