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

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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.

Submitted by giuseppegualtieri on Sun, 14/02/2021 - 18:28

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Hi everyone, I'm Italian and as most of you already know, we have a lot of popular tradition. My favourite is definitively Carnival, which is fourty days before Easter. This year is 14-15-16th February but for the pandemic many events has been cancelled. We use to wear ourself with strange costume: for one day you can be your favorite hero going out for the street of your city and nobody will think that you are crazy. It's more or less like Halloween, but it during 3 days. Also it's tradition to eat "le chiacchiere", which is like biscuit prepared for this special event. Even better in the Carnival in Venice, but unfortunately it's very far from my home. In Venice is tradition that the Carnival starts with a man disguised as an angel who jumps off the Bell Tower of Saint Mark. When he touch the groud we can say that the Carnival it starts. If you don't know this tradition please check on youtube. See ya

Submitted by Dalmi on Wed, 10/02/2021 - 12:42

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Actually, i don't know much about the traditions in my country. It's because there is too many culture in my country. For me, Ngaben is tradision that i like most. Basically, it's tradition from Bali where the dead buried until he become an ash. I don't know how the history. Another thing that I know about this tradition is it is expensive. Therefore only the wealth who held this tradition.
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Submitted by lucasfuini on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 16:02

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What tradition do you like best from your country? So cool to listen reports of different countries and cultures. In Brazil we have parties that celebrate religious icons and in the other part there are pagan events. In my memories i remember of the 13th May Party in Itapira, São Paulo state. This celebration remember of Slavery Freedom Date since it begging the afro-descendants community promote expressions of traditional rithms and musics (named congada) around the São Benedict church, a black saint. This celebrations has 120 years of history.

Submitted by viviac on Wed, 03/02/2021 - 02:23

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Hello everyone. It's really nice to know more about your traditions. I´m from Mexico and one of the most popular celebrations here is "Dia de Los Muertos" or Day of the Death on the 1st and 2nd of November. The festivity is a mix of a catholic tradition and prehispanic cult. In those days, we celebrate death in the sense that we remember our dead beloved ones by setting an "altar" where we put their favourite food and drinks and decorate it with flowers, and candles. Then, it is not that we are happy that they are dead or to celebrate death per se, but its a day to not forget the people we loved and it is not anymore with us. I think a good representation of our festivity you can find it in the Disney movie "Coco". I recommend to watch it if you want to understand it better. Cheers.

Submitted by duyb7hmu on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 19:40

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Hi, everyone. This platform is wonderful. I'm trying to prepare myself for a CV. They ask me CV in English, now with my English level, this is impossible. But if I don't fight tooth and nail, who will know the result. I'll come back as soon as I can. All the best, thank you.

Submitted by Adriana on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 14:15

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Hello Everyone! I'm very happy to participate in this forum. I'm brazilian from São Paulo but actually I live in Niteroi near Rio de Janeiro. Here the Carnival is very tradition party. This party is known all over the word and many people travel to Brazil to participate this party. I love carnival and we say we play carnival. Unfortunately, in 2021 we will not have carnival because the pandemic COVID-19 it's still reality and we don't have vaccine for all.

Submitted by Tayyab on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 05:48

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Hi I am Tayyab. I am here to learn my writing skills and hopefully Mr.Kirk will guide me to correct and improve my skills. This story is very interesting and reminds me the different traditions in my own country. If we see around the globe there will be lot of traditions and few of them are shared in forum.

Submitted by Júlia Verônica… on Sun, 31/01/2021 - 19:07

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Hey everyone, it’s really nice to read about your traditions. I love to know more about other cultures. Here in Brazil, especially in the Northeast, we celebrate Saints John in a very typical way. We build bonfires in the streets and roast corn, we cook several corn foods like canjica and pamonha; also sweet rice with cinnamon. We wear colorful plaid shirts and straw hats, girls paint freckles on theirs faces, and boys paint mustaches. People form quadrilhas which is a traditional dance in which couples dance our northeast folk songs: forró pé de serra and xaxado. Kids are there on the streets playing with bombs and firecrackers.

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Sat, 30/01/2021 - 17:50

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The most important tradition in my country is called "The day o the dead", it's a big celebration, all towns in the country make big festivals for this day.

Submitted by Hebaoraby on Tue, 26/01/2021 - 20:47

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I'm so honored to participate in this platform to learn English language. Firstly I don't know How I can write about traditional festival in my country or in my view. I should write a basic story or formal essay? Thanks

Hello Hebaoraby,

We're happy that you're here. What kind of text you should write depends on who's going to read it and what your purpose is in writing it. The example above is quite informal since it's in an online discussion forum. If you're going to write a text to put in a comment on this page, I'd say something informal would be more appropriate than a formal text.

All the best,

Kirk

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Submitted by Htet Su Naing on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 19:02

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I'm from Myanmar. There are many seasonable festivals in my country. Among them, my most favorite one is Myanmar Thingyan Water Festival. We hold it for 4 days from April 12th to 16th. On the first day of Thingyan, we make Traditional Burmese foods at home and share with our neighbors. Some donates foods on the road and anyone can eat there. Some makes good deeds by doing religious matters at home or monasteries. Others visit famous place all over the city with family or friends and play with water for all 4 days. The flowers called Pa Dauk that blooms only during Thingyan are very beautiful and fragrant. Myanmar New Year is on April 17th. To welcome the new year, we go to famous pagodas (e.g. Shwedagon Pagoda) and worship Buddha. Then we do good deeds by releasing the animals on sale safely and feed them foods. I'm very happy to celebrate this traditional festival and always hope to arrive Thingyan holidays very soon. If you enjoy my comment, I would like to invite you to join Thingyan festival once.

Submitted by Saad786 on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 15:38

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The most common and liked tradition of my country is Basant on any day between 25th January and 10th February every year. People fly kites and compete with each other.

Submitted by Yeetsing on Mon, 18/01/2021 - 19:43

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It's so great to see different festivals and traditions of countries. In my country, my favourite festival is the Spring Festival. It is the new year according to lunar calendar. At the new year's eve, family members will gather around and have rich dinner, where the most common food is dumplings. People will light fireworks to drive away the unlucky things in the last year and stick ''Fu'' ( a character means blessings) and couplets inside the house to wish lucky in the next year. Moreover, the best part I love about Spring Festival is that kids can get red envelops which contains money from elders. The experiences in Spring Festival is the most happy and sweet memories of my hometown.

Submitted by Claudia94 on Sun, 17/01/2021 - 23:34

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I am so glad to read and learn about other customs!, I am from El Salvador in Central America and the tradition that i admire the must is when that when you visit a family specially in rural areas or low income places; they recived you with their open hands even if there is not much to offert; a warm cup of coffe and a "tortilla" (a tipical flatbread made of corn) is always there for you.

Submitted by Jesús_Rivera on Fri, 15/01/2021 - 01:08

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Hello! I´m Jesus and I just started to learn english. I have a cuestion, do you remember all of post with all details?? becase I always forgot some information. Hahahaha Only happens to me?

Submitted by nancyvirginiare on Wed, 13/01/2021 - 17:31

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Im from Venezuela, South America. My favorite tradition is to ask bendición/blessing to your oldest relatives, like parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. So, everytime you see them, the first thing that you have to do is to ask for their blessing, their response always is: God bless you. After that you can talk about everything.

Submitted by ceryan41 on Tue, 12/01/2021 - 12:05

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so cool to read about cultural tradion from all over the world. ın turkey there are many kind of activties depends on geopraphical area. Most those activities like cultural heritage. Unfurtonely nowadays it could no be hold on as a regular I will only try to explain kissing hand on eid . This is a kind of respect seremony to older people.

Submitted by Maxuzbek on Sat, 09/01/2021 - 18:49

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I like this festival I hope one day I will celebrate this festuval in the UK, I love traveling and exploring different culteres and attending to different festivals for example in Mexico there is a festival about dead people, but never been to in these kind of festivals.

Submitted by yuyu on Fri, 08/01/2021 - 11:03

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I like Thingyan festival best. We celebrate it by pouring water to others. In the past time, people poured water with a bunch of Thapyay adding in a silver water bowl. This festival is interested by most people since it is summer time and Thingyan water festival is being matched.

Submitted by lilianmelim on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 22:09

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Nice to read some traditions all over the world! Here in Brazil we have an amazing party that happens on June. It's June's Party. We have traditional dance, clothes and food. It's typical of countryside, but I think we celebrate this in the whole territory.

Submitted by feletmora on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 14:19

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It's so cool to learn about the traditions in other countries and cultures. I'm from Colomibia and one special day in the year is the last day in the year, specificaly december 31th. When is 12o'clock at nigth, Many people burn a manikin or doll filled with fireworks (called old year) remembering the year finishing. These dolls usually represent politics, characters or anything with sarcasm, cinism or humor.

Submitted by morningstar on Wed, 06/01/2021 - 18:22

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İt is really exciting read other peoples comments and learn their cultures. in my country we have a really pleasant day which is 23rd April National Sovereignty and Childrens Day. it isn't just childrens day in Turkey it's includes all the childrens. İn that day childrens from all around the world coming to Turkey and all over the country celebrations are held. 23rd April was opening Grand National Assembly of Turkey and one of most important day of the Turkish struggle. I should add that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk -our leader- who gifted this day to all children said "Little ladies, little gentlemens! You are all a future rose, star. You are the one who will literally drown the country. Think about how important and valuable you are and work accordingly. It does a lot of you. "

Submitted by Cicinhofay on Tue, 05/01/2021 - 20:53

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Its so good for me to complete my study. To live in other country and to have such an experience. First i studied in nursing school then i had a job in a hospital wich is near to my house, then i didnt expect that i will feel so bad about it because i juste cant stay like that without completing my studies in the university

Submitted by sayyidam on Tue, 05/01/2021 - 15:25

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Wonderful to know about other's culture! I'm from Indonesia and we have a very diverse community with hundreds of tribes, cultures, and languages. Indonesia is a muslim majority country and we celebrate Eid al-Fitr (end of the Ramadan month when muslim is required to fast) with a tradition called mudik. Basically, mudik means gathering with our parents, grandparents, and all the other member of the big fam, enjoying the festive and maintain the relations with our family. It's a big tradition because hundreds of thousands of people move to their hometown. Not only the muslim do this tradition, but also the other religion as well.

Submitted by Ibrahim24 on Fri, 01/01/2021 - 14:00

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Such a great to learn and educate ourselves about the similarities and differences of the nation's culture. I have been living in India more than one year and a half. As a Sudanese I found a few likes of cultures. In my country people are famous by generosity and helping. If you pass any rural area people never leave you until you take a rest and have delicious food. This tradition is not bound by a specific time of a year. Very upsetting to find this habit is declining in big cities and towns, where people are less caring about others.

Submitted by Phyu Chay on Sat, 26/12/2020 - 06:05

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So cool to know our diversities across the world. I'm from Rakhine State in Myanmar. In Myanmar, there are twelve months in a year and each month has its own tradition. Among them, I want to tell you about the last night of Tazaungdaing festival holding on Tazaungmone month. It is known as the thieves' night. In the times of Myanmar Kings, there was a thief called 'Nga Tet Pyar'. He had a magic tattoo of a cat on each his thigh. So, he was as light as a cat. He was like a bat man or spider man. He stole properties only from rich people. He stole two necklaces if the house owner has four. He sold the stolen properties. And he shared money with the poor people. He was a hero for poor although he was a thief. The last night of Tazaungdaing festival, named for thief 'Nga Tet Pyar', is called the thieves' night. People steal things from others' houses on that night but nobody gets angry. It is a custom but we did not go beyond the limit. We did not steal valuable things. Myanmar traditions are lovely and admirable. Thanks everyone for reading my comment.
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Submitted by Ahmadmaaher on Tue, 22/12/2020 - 14:09

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it is a very good experience to get to know other nations' traditions. For us in Egypt, we have so many occasions where people gather to celebrate. I want to speak about certain tradition we have in Egypt to celebrate the mothers' day which take place on 21th march every year. In this day, members of every family gather with their mothers, bring gifts to their mothers and express their love, respect and gratitude for mother's sacrifices to her children. I also want to mention that many Egyptian singers and artists perform a lot of artistic works such as songs and films for this day to remind us with the mother efforts to raise her children.

Submitted by aysegul on Sun, 20/12/2020 - 21:26

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Hi everyone. I'm Ayşegül. I am from Turkey and I try the learn english. I am a university student and my university department is maritime transportation and management engineering. İt's a bit long name. Briefly I will be a captain ıf I to graduated.

Submitted by htetthinzarnaing on Fri, 18/12/2020 - 07:31

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It's really interesting to know about other people countries' traditions.For me, I'm from Myanmar.The tradition I like the best is thadingyut traditional festival. In this day, the youngers give respect and worship to the elders like your parents,grandparents,and relatives.And they give back some pocket money.I really love this tradition.

Submitted by Harrison on Fri, 18/12/2020 - 06:56

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Great to read all the impression culture and tradition from all over the world. The prestigious commemoration I admired the most from my country is 13 February. It's a commemoration for the national leader, Aung San's birthday. He was considered as "Father of Nation of modern-day Myanmar". In that time, there will be a commemoration which held in the headquarter of each city, for instance, Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay. So, indeed, that is the day that I admired the most because of the movement and actions Aung San done for our country was extremely efficiency and inspire for the posterity like us.

Submitted by Kp on Fri, 18/12/2020 - 04:29

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Hello everyone, I am KP. Basically I’m from India but living in canada for now, In India we have plethora traditions and we celebrate festivals their usually on an every month basis. Because India has vast majority and minority communities which live together and its secular country. So, everyone celebrates everyone’s traditions. But I think Diwali is the biggest festival that India celebrates and each house light up with diwas which means Diwali brings light to every home so their more light and brightness than darkness which refers to positivity over negativity.

Submitted by Mury on Wed, 16/12/2020 - 16:39

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I'm from Brazil where, because of its large territory, there are a lot of traditions depending on the state in which you're born. The most popular, of course, is Carnival or "Carnaval" in portuguese. It is funny because even tough it is so famous it doesn't happen in the entire country, only in the capitals of the states, specially Rio de Janeiro. More interesting even is that most brazilians don't celebrate it.

Submitted by himo on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 22:56

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So good to know about other people's traditional culture. Am from Sudan , which is in the east of Africa I've been living in the UK for 2 years I most missed Ramadan in my country. Most people might be known or hear about Ramadan . It is kind of idolize for Muslims that fsting during the day. Basically, in my country all men take their Iftar , food, outdoor and sitdown on the streets to eat with their neighbours and the passerby.

Submitted by AliDadar7676 on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 07:45

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Hi everybody, I'm Ali and I'm from Iran. I'm not very interested in traditions and cultures, but I wanna tell you a tradition in Iran which means respect. In Iran, When two guys or more reach a door, They start to ask each other to pass the door! When someone does this, It shows he or she respects otherone. I saw a similar tradition in the movies of other countries, but in all of them, men ask women to pass the door, while in Iran it doesn't correspond to the gender of individuals. Maybe you think it's a nice tradition and it causes to people shows their care to each other, but I hate it because it causes to waste of time in front of a door. It's just a door, pass it! It doesn't important who passes first.

Submitted by cogitare on Sat, 05/12/2020 - 12:34

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Wow, It's really interesting read about the different traditions in the world. Well, I'm from Peru, and here's a lot of traditions, because we are multicultural country, but a tradition that all the people and cultures practice is in 28th of July due to is the day of our independence. There are fairs, dances, military parades, etc. Its a wonderful day!

Submitted by Justine STM on Fri, 27/11/2020 - 12:55

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Hello everybody, the commemoration i prefer in France is the 14th of July, the national day. It's not the signification of the day i like, it's how i pass this day since many years. Generaly because i'ts a summer day, it's sunny and it's a day off for work. So with my friends we used to take a brunch along the canal and at the evening we are going to a big park at Saint-Cloud , a city near Paris. There is one of the bigest fireworks of Europe. We sit in the grass and drink glass of wine during the show, it's really a good moment for me.

Submitted by Khulan on Fri, 27/11/2020 - 07:58

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It's so interesting to know about various traditional celebrations of different countries. I'm from Mongolia which landblocked country between Russia and China. Mongolia is very famous about our history that known for Mongolian Empire in 13th century and nomadic culture. As well as we celebrate Naadam festival since then and it's every Mongolians favourite yet memorial festival. It have 3 celebrations like horse racing, wrestling and archery which shows our cultural activities generated from our ancestors. Mongolian men known for their strength and courage and so it challenges their skills. It continues for 2-3 days. In addition, we eat Khuushuur on those days which I like the most about this festival. It's our traditional food like wrap the minced meat in flour and fry that historicaly influenced from China.

Submitted by Thu Ha Nguyen on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 12:05

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Hi everyone, it´s so amazing how diverse we are in this forum. I´m from Vietnam. But I´ve been living in Germany for 8 years. The most traditional thing in my country I really miss is the Lunar New Year. Maybe some of you have already heard of it. We use the moon calendar to celebrate the New Year. In a normal calendar, it may take place in February. The Lunar New Year is the biggest festival of the year we have. It´s like a family festival. The family member gathers together. There is a lot of food. you can get the lucky money from the older. Everyone stays at home and takes time together. It´s very chill and peaceful. It´s the most beautiful time of the year.
Hello, Thu Ha Nguyen. I'm from Mongolia. In Mongolia, we celebrate Lunar New Year too. Interestingly, we do exact same things on that celebration day. It feels so amazing and kind of close with you.

Submitted by DanielaYepes on Sun, 22/11/2020 - 11:38

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Hi everyone, I´m Daniela and I´m from Colombia, but I have been living in Spain for 1 year. In my country we have many traditions that i miss. One of this is the Barranquilla´s Carnival, one of my favorites traditional festival. This festival is on March, and last 7 days. The streets of the city are decorated, and all the people wear on colorful costumes. it´s so amazing, and i invite you to visit my beautiful city.

Submitted by nykomakhos on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 16:30

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I'm from Armenia but I've been living in Russia for more than 10 years and the thing I miss the most is the Vardavar festival. The best thing about Vardavar is people are allowed to douse strangers with water. So fun to pour water on yourself and passers-by. Especially on very hot summer days of July, it is a good refreshment. I love the history behind it. Basically, Vardavar’s history dates back to pagan times. In ancient times Armenians offered to the goddess Astghik roses as a celebration of a bountiful harvest. Although now a Christian tradition of the festival and it is associated with a memory of the World Flood and Noah’s dove. Where Noah’s boat made a stop on Armenian mounts during World Flood and people found a holy land in Armenia. The festival is celebrated 98 days after Easter. Therefore it is one of the most lovely festivals for children and teenagers in Armenia.

Submitted by farhad zada on Mon, 16/11/2020 - 06:25

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I'm from Azerbaijan where is not so big country but have very various traditions of various people all live in togather. And I think Neurooz is the most beutiful among them. What is Nourooz? The name of "Neorooz" is coming from "neo" which mean "new" and "rooz" which mean "day" in other word the new day of new year. It celebrates on 20th nigth and 21st day of March. Not just in Azerbaijan also in many other countries of Middle East or where were occupied by Hakhamenish Empire.

Submitted by Anara SN on Thu, 12/11/2020 - 06:03

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Hi everyone, it's really amazing to read about traditions of different countries. In my country where I was born we have a holiday Nooruz. Nooruz is like a New Year in Kyrgyzstan, we celebrate this holiday on 21st of March every year. Kyrgyz people cook on this day Sumolok (like chocolate paste, prepared from wheat in a cauldron over a fire), dancing their traditional Kyrgyz dance, playing games, jumping over the fire. This holiday units all people. There a lot of nationalities live in Kyrgyzstan. In another countries in Central Asia also celebrate this holiday with some diffenrences on date, and tradition. It is really wonderful to keep and pass our traditions from generation to generation.

Submitted by Aqilah khurshed on Sun, 08/11/2020 - 04:59

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Great to know about different traditions of countries. I am from Bangladesh, and since I have been living in Saudi Arabia for 10 years i really miss my home traditions. So, we b Bengalis celebrate The Poila Boishakh on the first day of Bengali calendar. In this day people usually eat traditional food like Panta Vaat and elish Mas and wear traditional clothes too. I really miss this day .

Submitted by mevsimozde on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 23:48

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Hi everyone, I'm from Turkey and i have been living in UK for almost 2 years. Unintentionally i find myself to compare English traditions or habits of people with my home town traditions. One of the tradition I miss a lot is the close neighbour relationships during difficult times or even happy times. Neighbourhood is very precious in Turkish culture therefore neighbours support each other. While in England people are more reserved, and this saying is clearly showing it: "An English men's house is his castle"

Submitted by Khant Khant on Fri, 06/11/2020 - 13:09

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So interesting to read about everyone's country tradition they like best. I'm from Myanmar. As you all know, Myanmar has at least one traditional festival for each month. The one I love the most is Martyr's day on July 19th. We commemorate the memory of General Aung San and other national leaders who fell on 19th of July 1947.

Submitted by Razy on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 14:30

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Great to know what the most popular tradition in other countries is. Since I live in Germany, I miss the most the Norouz fest which happens in Iran on March 22nd every year. The point of this fest is gathering the family in the parent’s house and celebrating the new year and wishing all the best for each other. Furthermore, we have a traditional table with 7 things that their names start with “S”. In other words, they are 7 symbols for health, growth, money, motivation, etc. Last but not least is delicious food and snacks, which makes most people overweight.

Submitted by Yati on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 02:12

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Hi! I am a new member, too. There are festivals in each of the months in my country. Among them, the water festival is the one which celebrates first in the year. It celebrates in April. At the festival, we pour water on each other and make a lot of traditional foods which are delicious. Pouring water means to wash dirt from the last year. Fun!