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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 thaticorleth on Mon, 25/07/2022 - 22:47


It's very nice to read some of traditions that have around the world. In Brazil, where I live, we celebrate Carnival every year. In Rio de Janeiro, especifically, we put a sparkly outfit, a fantasy, or even the shortest outfit we have to celebrate with our friends and watch the parade that happen in Sapacuí, traditional place at the center of Rio de Janeiro.

Submitted by allahnazirs -zaland on Thu, 14/07/2022 - 05:06


Hello everyone .It's so cool to read everyone comments about tradition .According to my point view every events which celebrated has their own meanings and has important massage for their celebrators.

Submitted by kmartynava on Sat, 02/07/2022 - 15:19


Hello everyone. Nice to see such interesting stories. I'm proud to be a part of big culture. From my point of view, all our traditions have something familiar. When I've been reading the story, I remembered that we have the tradition to burn the life-size model of women on 20th February. It symbolizes the death of the winter and starts of new fortunate period for people.
Oddly. Of course, it's not the end of curiosity. The ashes were scattered over the fields to call Spring. Hope you are not going to invite someone using ashes...=)

Hi! When you wrote the post, you forgot the most important detail. After burning life-size model of women, you must eat pancakes with sour cream or honey. With help, pancakes , farmers are ensnaring the sun, and they requiry a good harvest.

Submitted by akbar2500 on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 07:16


submitted by A-H on Fri- 01/07/2022
one of the best way to be familier with diverse cultures existing throughout the world is reading the stories about their traditions. like a vast majority numbers of countries, my country (Iran) have alot of traditions including ceremonies and so on. one of those is norooze holiday, in which people hold various types of celebration throughout of Iran on 1th of farvardin- the starding day of new year- month in persian calender. In fact, people prepared seven objects, which start with the (S). In this special day, older members of families endow some gifts to the children.

Submitted by marinacaldas on Thu, 30/06/2022 - 16:15


It's really nice to read all of this traditions. When I was reading, I was thinking "what will I talk about to them?" I live in Brazil, and here, we have a lot of traditions. But my favorite one is called "Festa do Divino". It's a big celebration at the downtown, where the people enjoy concert of variable artists, with a lot of snacks and drinks. The party start at the night and end art the dawn, so we can see the sun rising up, and it lasts for four days a week.

Submitted by AeshaABUSARA on Mon, 27/06/2022 - 16:59


Hello Everyone, It is really fabulous to read about your country's traditions, It made me attracted as long as I'm reading, I'm from Palestine, one of my favorite tradition is (AL Henna party ), which is a party it is celebrated by the brides' family before she is get married, they get candies and candles, they draw nice frills on her hand with Al Henna( it is a plant gives a red color )

Submitted by SalomonMoreno20 on Sun, 26/06/2022 - 20:31


So interesting how many traditions there are. I am from Mexico, here we have a custom when we are talking to a person, who is older than us or is in a higher level of job hierarchy, we use the word "Usted" instead of "Tu", both words meaning "You", but the first one is more respectful. This custom came from Spanish guys who came to Mexico to conquer this land; the natives used this word to talk with them, because the natives believed Spanish guys were gods.

Hi. I'm from Argentina. And tought we also were conquered by Spain, we usually a different mode than Mexican people for informal dialog with another one.
In fact, we use the word "vos" instead of "tu" when we are talking to somebody, but not over the whole country. In some provinces at the north of Argentina much more people keep their original roots using the word "che" instead "vos" or "tu", that is a respect way to speak to somebody.

Submitted by vl_ds on Sat, 18/06/2022 - 20:34


It's always so interesting to know something new about other culture. I was curious to know about Bonfire night in England. But I'd love to say about home tradition in my country. 

It's the Maslenitsa. It's the week of farewell with the winter in Russia. And It's an ancient holiday,  when  people eat blini all weak. Blini are traditional pancakes, that can go with different filling. This pancake personifies the sun because it looks familiar. Eating the pancake you make the warm comes. In the end of this holiday scarecrow is being burnt. 

So it's a tradition that celebrates the fact that the winter has finished. People feel happiness that the warm days have come. It's the pagan's times tradition, but it left so deep in our culture