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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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Hi guy It's interesting to read about your traditions.I'm from Myanmar and there are so many festivals in Myanmar.I want to tell you about our Thingyan festival(water festival).We celebrate it in April and it is the beginning of Myanmar month.We water each other to clean the negative things happened to us in the past.We pay respect to older people and do good things to begin our Myanmar new year well.

Submitted by KRISHNAKANTTIWARI on Tue, 09/04/2019 - 17:17

Without doubt it was an interesting and informative article. It helps in understanding the reason behind very common traditions which are followed or celebrated around the world.

Submitted by Duckblue on Sun, 31/03/2019 - 19:13

This is so curious to read about such sort of traditions. Maybe because it's sad and ironically at the same time. I suppose there are a lot of traditions which appeared to make afraid people. I mean you can't do something wrong because you know you can be caught and you will pay for it so much. This guy didn't plan that all but he wasn't luck enough to hide from guards. So he paid his life and his reputation.
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Submitted by CHINMOY_53 on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 17:50

It is just great to learn about traditions of so many countries described with different fervours. Each stands with its uniqueness- ways of celebrations, origins of traditions, pomp and galore of the festivals.And I am rather inspired to tell something about a tradition of our country India. I personally like "bhaiphota" or "bhaiduj" or " brothers' day".It is enjoyed only for a day , just after kalipuja. This is a festival of brothers and sisters only elder sisters prays for brother's long life with sandal wood paste on the brother's,brothers present gifts to her sweet sister. Sisters also reciprocate it. Throught the day ,they chat endlesly with frequent supply of delicious dishes and finally presents a grand dishesh

Submitted by mansurakcay on Mon, 25/03/2019 - 09:31

It's really inspiring to read about traditions from different countries and cultures. I'm from Turkey and as you know this country builded on the lands of Anatolia and Mesopotamia. It's mean many country, culture lived on this lands even first civilizations was here. So, it's mean we have a lot of traditions. But I am not gonna mention one of the old traditions. It's gonna be one of the new traditions. The great leader, soldier, commander and teacher Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of the Republic of Turkey died at 09.05 am on 10th of November, 1938. From the day he died till today and in future every November 10 at exactly at 09:05 am sirens play all around the country and everyone stands up and thinks his memory in silence. Maybe some of you do not know about him, do not worry, to understand his idea about life and everything you can read this; "Peace at Home, Peace in the World" - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Submitted by ayanana on Thu, 14/03/2019 - 13:08

It's exciting to know about each tradition we have. I'm from Japan and the thing I like the most is hanami in this season! Hanami, of flower-viewing celebrations, is said to have begun in the 9th century. According to folklore, the mountain deity traveled to rice paddies on floating cherry blossom petals and nurtured the crop. Thus, a long bloom becomes synonymous with a fruitful harvest. Because of this relationship to rice that sustains human life the tree has been regarded as sacred. In addition, this tree is Japan's iconic flower as the beauty and brevity of life.

Submitted by inspiredcat on Mon, 11/03/2019 - 19:31

It is interesting to learn about traditions in other countries! I'd like to tell about a Russian tradition that I find quite strange if not to say horrible but so impressive. It is taking an ice plunge on the Epiphany Day (19 January). Orthodox christians plunge in icy water in holes that are cut through ice on rivers and ponds regardless of the weather. You know that the weather in Russia in the middle of January is very cold. In some regions the temperature can drop to - 40 degrees. But believers make it in celebration of the baprism of Jeasus Christ who plunged in the Jordan River.

Submitted by Gulbanu on Mon, 11/03/2019 - 12:07

My country has a lot of traditions. Some of them connects with celebration religion great datas, some - post-sovet union rudiment holidays. I don't like any of them, expect first days of may. In Ukraine these days are celebrated as Labor Day. It's a holiday and day-off for all employees. The weather usually is warm and pleasant. Citizens prefer to get a camping and open-air walking in this time. More off them have a good mood because of excellent occasion don't go to the work and have a fun.
Hallo! I think that the most people in post-soviet countries like the First May just because it is day off and the weather is good. But how many days-off have people in Ukraine in May? In Russia there are a lot of additional days and people often leave cities for a long trip.