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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 fatimah047 on Sun, 03/05/2020 - 17:30

Hi there, It's fun to read about different traditions being practised all over the globe. I am from the Sub-continent. We celebrate many traditions here but i would like to particularly mention Jashn-e-Baharan sometimes referred to as Basant. It is a way of celebrating the spring season. A kite flying festival is being held and people gather on their roof tops to fly kites and cheer the ones participating. It is a very enthusiastic and colourful tradition :)

Submitted by begumoz on Sat, 02/05/2020 - 20:26

Hi everyone, I would like to talk about you about one of our traditional days. Ramazan days are very holy days to us. We gather with relatives and friends having dinner. Everyone dress well and give ecah others gifts. We go to mosques to pray and celebrate these holy day during one month. It is special and greateful times for us.

Submitted by manemusayelyan on Sat, 02/05/2020 - 11:57

Hi everyone from Armenia. It was so interesting and useful to read and get informed about your national traditions. I am from Armenia and frankly saying we are too traditional. As our story started about from 2500 BC I can say that every day has its own tradition coming from the depths of history. The most of traditions are conected with religion. One of my favorite festival is Vardavar. On this day people of social groups drench each othe with water.Although we are Christians, Vardavar's history dates back to pagan times. During the hole day, people are allowed to douse strangers wit water. There can't be enyone who is dry on this day.

Submitted by Tatiana Gimene… on Thu, 30/04/2020 - 22:32

Hi everyone! i hope you are very good! is nice to read all your traditions... in my countr Traditions are mainly family meetings , when we prepare our classic meals, in some regions we share a drink called mate with the family, it is hot to drink and it can be sweet or bitter.. have a good one

Submitted by Costa on Wed, 29/04/2020 - 13:17

Hello everyone! It is very interesting to discover a little more about different traditions from different countries, I am from Brazil, a very large multicultural country with full of traditions, but one that I particularly like is the Festa Junina, which is celebrated throughout June, with bonfires, hot drinks, delicious cakes and sweets and of course a lot of music and dance, where people dress like peasants with their hats and boots and dance the typical dances of each region. It is a lot of fun!

Submitted by fleur on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 22:41

Hello everyone, it was so nice to read about all the unique traditions from different sides of the world. I am from Russia and we have a lot of amazing traditions. My favorite one is the ''Maslenitsa''. We celebrate it during the week preceding the Lent. This tradition has a rich history and I gonna tell you about it. Every day of Maslinetsa was devoted to special rituals. For example, on Monday people made the straw-stuffed and put this figure onto the snow-covered slope, on Tuesday people started all kinds of activities, like sleigh riding, puppet shows, and so on. The most interesting part, as for me, is cooking pancakes. ( as an old tradition it was on Wednesday, but now we cooking them all week ) Hope it was interesting for u :D

Submitted by Red_rum1324 on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 09:02

It's pretty cool to learn about other people tradition.my dream is to become a traveler. It will help me when I come to the other country

Submitted by Huanhuan on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 07:15

Its cool to read about everyone’s home tradition. I’m from Indonesia. And we celebrate Mooncake festival everyyear. The mooncake celebration was held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Mooncake is the special food of Mid- Autumn festival because one that day long time ago, people presented moon cakes to the goddess of moon and offered her to eat them for the celebration. Today, Moon cake symbolizes the reunion of a family. It reminds us that eating moon cakes under the moon can arouse longing with family and friends also shows that we wish them a long and happy life.

Submitted by Kristyindira on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 06:57

It is so exciting to read about everyone’s home tradition! Hi, i’m from Pontianak, Indonesia. Here, one of the traditions we anticipate the most is Chinese New Year. It is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year’s Eve is held one day before the Chinese New Year. Usually we gather with our family and friends to eat together, play fireworks, as we preparing ourselves to welcome Chinese New YEar. Well, this tradition has many histories. One of them is that a wise old man figured out that Nian, the beast was scared of loud noises and the color red. So, then people put red lanterns and red paper on their windows and doors to stop Nian from coming inside. And of course in Chinese New Year, we must wear something red , from top to the bottom. It is said that “red” can bring someone lucky. And of course the best thing about Chinese New Year is the tradition of giving red pockets or we called them “AngPao”, but only married ones can give others “AngPao”. It si also a tradition that celebrates the fact that winter has gone and spring is coming. It also means that finally something good will come as the coldness has gone and the warmness will arrive soon. This tradition has a lot of legend stories and it is very fun to know about them

Submitted by Chipinque on Sun, 26/04/2020 - 20:32

Hi Everyone. I enjoyed reading about all the unique traditions in different countries. I am from Mexico and we have a LOT of traditions. My favorite one is the "Day of the death", We celebrate it between October 31st and November 2nd. On this holiday we remember and honored our deceased loved ones. It is a colorful celebration and food plays an important part of the fiesta.

Submitted by nairiabgaryan on Sun, 26/04/2020 - 19:47

Hi everyone who reads :) I am from Armenia. It is great and enjoyable to read about your countries traditions. So in my country, we have a tradition called Vardavar. It is old tradition and the people are pouring water into each other. You will be lucky when you will be in Armenia on that day becouse it's a beautiful day you will see happy and hospitable people on the streets :) I am sharing link you can enjoy with beautiful images connected to Vrdavar :) https://www.google.com/search?q=vardavar&safe=active&sxsrf=ALeKk00y1jOhuQ7oQOaEtTt5gs3SXTEqWg:1587926795946&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjy2-ek4IbpAhWy16YKHfKyBvIQ_AUoAXoECBQQAw&biw=1920&bih=916

Submitted by Austin on Sat, 25/04/2020 - 18:56

I from Macau it's part of China, the most tradition I think I most like is Chinese New Year, it's a well-known most important tradition in China, in this period of time we can get red pocket which inside has money, get from elderly and married people even senior colleague, and then last but not least the second-best part has a lot of holidays.

Submitted by Dincerm on Sat, 25/04/2020 - 11:18

Hello everyone it is really cool to read and learn traditions from the world. I'm from Turkey and as other countries we have several traditions and I like them all but I believe, which I am going to mention, one of the most important because it is about the reborning of the country. It represents of creating council. The day also gifted the childeren so it called ' National Sovereignty and Children's Day '. We just celebrated 100th year of it but unfortunatelly because of corona virus, we had to celebrate it from home two days ago. Even though celebrating it, was so fun.

Submitted by gerardbarrachina on Fri, 24/04/2020 - 19:28

As you all know, Spain is the land of the sun, the good eating and the nice people. Cause of these, all of our celebrations are very funny and enjoyable. The most likely for me is Sant Joan's celebration, on 23th of July. People bring with some firecrackers and material of any type to be fired. The celebration takes place on many beaches, and people laugh a lot while drinking and eating as well.

Submitted by Aliparviz on Fri, 24/04/2020 - 11:52

So wonderful to see all these traditions from different side of the world with a lots of similarities, it makes me wonder about the ancient time and our ancestors and how was it their time. I'm from IRAN and we have one of the amazing celebrations in the world. Its start from beginning of the spring which is 21 of March . We call it NOWRUZ which means a new day and and it also is our first of our new year. We sat around a table which decorated with seven items which all start with 'Sin' and comes form nature like Apple, we pray for a good and healthy year a head and wait for the sound of troops to start our new year. During the whole event we go to see the elders, parents, family and friends. It's a time forgiveness and forget about the past. I love our tradition and it belongs more than 3 thousands years ago, it has a lot to say , but I hope you get a glance of it and may it trigger you to find more about it. now a days Nowruz registered in UNESCO heritage and it celebrates in lots of countries as we speak. PS. 'Sin' is one the Farsi alphabet

Submitted by rabusrai on Fri, 24/04/2020 - 09:51

In my country, there are a lots of traditions, which I like it most.

Submitted by BiankaB. on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 14:13

Hello, everyone, it's great to read about traditions from all over the world.:) I'm from Slovakia, and we usually celebrate Easter, Christmas and New year. Typical tradition for Easter is on Easter Monday, when boys /men, go visiting girls/women and pour water on them, in order to these girls and women stay beautiful and healthy for the whole year. Obviously, this tradition is loved by boys/men, but less by girls/women.:)

Submitted by Daniel09 on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 08:06

Hi everyone! Is verry nice to read about other traditions in other countries. My country is Romania and one of the tradition which I really miss is a kind of bonfire,but this happens in the 7 of January and we celebrate the name “Ion”. Ion is similar with John in U.K./USA.This tradition is celebrated in special in the villages were the residents Spend whole night outside ,even the temperature is about -10 degrees, have a drink or better say have many drinks :)) and listen to the music whilst the car’s tyres are in the middle of the fire!

Submitted by Carole Anh on Wed, 22/04/2020 - 15:21

Hi everyone, In France, july 14th is an important day. The population likes to remember the ancestors who fought for freedom. In Paris and the suburbs, balls are organized, the regions kitchens are representative. The French love gastronomy.

Submitted by Daniel.cm on Wed, 22/04/2020 - 06:58

It's nice learn about differents countries from their traditions. In Colombia we have a lot of fairs and celebrations along of the year. The Carnaval of Barranquilla is one of the biggest Colombian traditions. It happens in February or March but its organisation last almost all year because it needs to prepare several parades and concerts.
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Submitted by JuanManuelLopezGil on Mon, 20/04/2020 - 23:55

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!

Submitted by daniarsi on Sun, 19/04/2020 - 03:40

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.

Submitted by SANDRA YINNET on Sat, 18/04/2020 - 19:30

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.

Submitted by Leprechaun on Sat, 18/04/2020 - 10:43

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.

Submitted by fathibba34 on Fri, 17/04/2020 - 20:47

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"............
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Thu, 16/04/2020 - 14:49

The tradition i like best in my country is wedding.

Submitted by hlopez on Thu, 16/04/2020 - 03:01

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.
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Submitted by gus_triani on Wed, 15/04/2020 - 12:10

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.

Submitted by elenasabzm on Wed, 15/04/2020 - 09:41

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.
These traditional celebrations are great, especially when they bring people together.

Submitted by Chit Po Aung on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 10:33

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.

Submitted by Valerielegoff on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 10:17

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.

Submitted by Ammara Khalid on Mon, 13/04/2020 - 17:44

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.

Submitted by Khant Aung on Fri, 10/04/2020 - 06:35

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.

Submitted by malikaA on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 10:38

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.

Submitted by noentropica on Wed, 08/04/2020 - 12:27

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!

Submitted by BlaiChan on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 09:19

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.

Submitted by mehry on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 09:10

`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 .
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Submitted by Omar96 on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 21:47

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.
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Submitted by jennieyoung on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 07:21

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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Submitted by Zhansaya (not verified) on Wed, 01/04/2020 - 09:07

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. :)

Submitted by tiaf1388 on Mon, 30/03/2020 - 20:20

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.

Submitted by Zarina on Mon, 30/03/2020 - 10:04

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.

Submitted by Thuliany on Mon, 30/03/2020 - 00:29

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.

Submitted by mohanad alaa on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 16:40

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

Submitted by Elko on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 13:20

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.

Submitted by Povilas on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 11:26

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.