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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 Reem_10 on Sun, 14/01/2024 - 10:33

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Actually, I miss my life in my country before the war! Everything was so different and life was filled with love and peace! The most thing that I've been missing is family gathering in Eid, but now everyone of my family members live outside the country or in other state. However, life goes on, and nothing lasts forever!

Submitted by Sihem2022 on Sun, 14/01/2024 - 02:37

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It's so cool to read about everyone's home traditions. I am from Algeria, but I immigrated to Canada two years ago. The custom I miss the most is Mouloud, the day of the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. Muslims from all over the world honor this day by going to mosques to pray. They teach their kids about the biography of the prophet and how he faced challenges to defend and spread the Islamic religion. Additionally, they gather around a dinner table to practice gratitude to God for all the blessings given. Moreover, it's a great opportunity for every Muslim to reflect on their values and faith to strengthen their relationship with the Almighty God. So, it's a special day to reorganize your priorities in life and focus on what truly matters!"

Submitted by tramngoctran on Sat, 06/01/2024 - 16:07

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So cool to read everyone's home tradition. I'm happy to share about "Tet Holiday", it's most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. It takes place on the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar.
Tet is an occasion for family reunions. Many things to do to prepare for Tet. People clean their house, they go the Flower Market to buy blossom. Family gathering to make "bánh tét". Everyone buy new clothes, sweet snack, candy, anything that need to purchase in advance, due to store and markets will close during Tet holiday.
On the first day of Tet, seniors will give children a red envelope with lucky draw inside. Family will go to a pagoda to wish a luck and successful year.

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Submitted by isaacgamma on Fri, 05/01/2024 - 15:31

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On 2° Februay we have a very delicious celebrate. The mexican´s family have a meeting to eat tamales, the day calls "Día de la Candelaria" and we eating three different flavors of tamales, rajas (red color), chicken (green color) and suggar (pink color), someone like to add a piece of bread and it calls "guajolota" an interesting taste. If you´re on diet, you will have to breake it to celebrate with us.

Submitted by Andreamirez on Fri, 29/12/2023 - 01:17

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Hello everyone!
I’m Andrea, I’m from Mexico and I would like talk about one of the most popular things to do in my country on December. Days before Christmas the catholic families from Mexico are be together to celebrate and be prepared for the Jesus birthday, the name of this meetings is “Posada”. On this the families remember the born of Jesus through representation of this with porcelain figure, now that I write it down, I know it sounds a little weird, but the important of this is the symbol of the birth of Jesus. Then, the families sing diferentes songs and lullabies. When the representation ends, the families have a dinner and break piñatas (a decorated figure of an animal containing toys and candy). This tradition is very famous and funny, if you are going to Mexico in this holidays you must not forget to go to ones.

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Submitted by joHnhtety on Thu, 21/12/2023 - 18:07

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Hi everyone!
It's great to hear about other countries' traditional culture. Now, I would to tell you about Myanmar's traditional culture. I'm from Myanmar. In my country, there are a lot of traditional festivals called Myanmar twelve-month festivals each month. Among them, the most lovely and popular festival is the "Thingyin Festival".We can also say "Water Festival".
We hold this festival in April. At this festival, we pour each other with water. We call it that we clean dirty things like emotional bad things and the bad things we've done the whole year with "Thingyan water" During this month, we have holidays in my country. So the people who are being apart from their house come back to their home and they meet with their family members. I enjoy this festival and I hope April will get very soon.
Thank you for reading! I hope you will know something fun about my culture.

Submitted by Chris07 on Thu, 21/12/2023 - 10:10

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Hi everyone,
So cool to read about everyone's home tradition. I am talking about one of Vietnamese traditional customs that is practiced during Tet holiday. Tet holiday is also known as the Lunar New Year in Vietnam. It usually takes place around late January or early February. It is one of the most anticipated holidays in Vietnam.
For children, they are pretty looking forward to receiving a red envelope containing money from their elderly people after giving them traditional Tet greetings. That's how we call it as "lucky money". For myself, receiving it was also my favorite part when I was a kid.
It's always memorable for me to reminisce about the past.
Thank you for your reading!

Submitted by SuchitraNoo on Thu, 14/12/2023 - 10:08

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It's nice to read about everyone's home tradition they miss the most! I'm from Thailand. I'm taking about Songkarn Festival during April 13 until April 15 each year.

Songkarn Festival or Water Festival is Thai New Year. Most people would go back to hometown. They would make merit and offer foods to the monks in the morning. They would do a requiem with their family. They would clean and bath the Buddha with Thai traditional perfume. They would also pour water on the hands of reversed elders and ask for blessing.

There are many activities on this festival. Temple fair is one popular of them. There's place of religious ceremony, local Thai foods, a local theme park etc. Splashing water and puting Songkarn powder with friends. There is Miss Songkarn Contest. Everyone wears a shirt with colorful flower printing on these days.

This festival makes everyone happy.

Submitted by IsabellaSousa on Wed, 13/12/2023 - 18:49

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Hey, guys!

It's so good learning about traditions of different countries!
My name is Isabella and I am from Brazil. In the region that I live - the Northeast region - we have a very famous party in June. It's called São João, something like San Jonh in English language. It's a colorful and joyful party. At the São João's night, people wear typical clothes and dance forró, a kind of Brazilian music. They also use prepare typical food and build bonfires.

Submitted by Mapa_92 on Sun, 10/12/2023 - 18:06

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So fascinating to read about several traditions around the world!
My name is Maria and I am from Italy. You might find interesting to learn about a tradition of my country as well.
Every 2th november we celebrate to remember people that passed away: relatives and friends that we used to love and always will have a special place in our hearts. The tradition expects that we bring flowers to the cemetry to place them on the graves. When we return home we use to have a particular meal composed by different kind of sweets called "Ossa di morto" and "Rame di Napoli" as if our loved ones have given us a gift from the other world. In addition, parents use to buy and hide a present for their children and than organize a "treasure hunt" to look for it. It's a special tradition in which the kid thinks that the present found is from the beloved friend/relative died. Maybe you could find it "creepy", but for italian people is a chance to remember their departed friends, despite the hectic life we all lead everyday on the earth.