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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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I like to discover traditions around the world and it is nice to read all comments here about their traditions!
I'm from São Paulo and a tradition I love is eating pastel, a kind of fried mass. We eat pastel with sugarcane juice. It is delicious!

So interesting to read about the most exciting customs from all over the world. The tradition that I miss the most is November the first, The day of the dead.

It is believed in our country, Mexico, each November the first our loved ones come down from the skies and the beyond to visit us. They find the path to their relatives and friends because our custom is to prepare a shrine with their favorite main course, pictures, and some tokens that help us to remind them.

Even though our tradition has evolved and made a mix with the American Halloween custom it is still my favorite Holiday, it has a sort of mysticism to see the children and youth using original customes from supernatural characters.

It is so nice to read some of the tradition of other countries. My name is Amanul and I'm from Indonesia. I want to point that our culture is greatly influenced by Islamic teaching, so the tradition of my country I love the most is eid al-fithr. Basically, in that day all of our family held a gathering together to celebrate and eating food, like ketupat and opor ayam.

Yes, it is a lovely gathering. We still do it in my country Lebanon.

It's very interesting to read about what tradition you miss more!
I come from the French West Indies and there, we used to celebrate dead people we loved on november, the 1st and 2nd.
Some people of the family, usually my grandmother, used go to the local cemetery to clean the graves in the morning.
In the late afternoon, all the family started to prepare themeselves to go to the cemetary.
Once there we lit candles on the graves, put flowers..it was very exiting when I was a child. Moreover, it was an occasion to meet the while family, aunts, uncles, cousins alive and dead ☺

It's been very funny to find out all the differences but also all the similarities between countries. My favorite mexican tradition is all the ritual we make around baby Jesus in christmas. Firs we sing a song called "posada" that is about Jose and María trying to find a place where they can stay the night until she gives birth to bby Jesus. Then we lull to sleep to a figure of a bby Jesus, we kiss his forehead and receive sweets form the owner of the figure. Finally we break the piñata as a symbol of our liberation from the seven capital sins. I know it sounds very intense, but it's actually very funny.

It is wonderful to get to know traditions from all around the glove. I am from Dominican Republic and I live in the North Cost of the island. Sancocho (a kind of soup with a lot of meat, yuccas, plantains and more), the Dominican flag (rice, beans, and meat), and mangu (smashed plantains) are some of our traditional dishes. However, sweet beans are my favorites among all of them.

Red beans, sugar, cow and coconut milk along with cinnamon and a pinch of salt are the basic ingredients to prepare this exotic and delicious dish. Sweet beans are eaten around The Holy Week; it is a time to remember Jesus´ life and to be with family. For me is just more than perfect to enjoy a hot bowl of sweet beans with cookies and raisings a long with my loved ones. It is said that sweet beans are a mishmash of flavors of all continents and represent Dominican culture because it was here were the ingredients became a traditional plate for our culture. No other country eats beans sweetened like in Dominican Republic. It is a unique dish from Quisqueya (how the island is called sometimes).

I hope that you reading this someday have the opportunity to taste sweet beans prepared by a Dominican. I am definitely sure that you will never forget its flavor.

It is nice to read about different traditions and celebrations all over the world. As i am from south India and a Muslim we have a mixed tradition, a trdition of islam and south india tradition. I love to be with family on the occasion Eid which is one of the main festival for muslims. I love to visit friends and family homes on the day of Eid. People were very busy one the night before Eid buying new dresses for them and there family. Everybody is very happy on that day.

Yes, a nice tradition. I think Muslims in the world do it. And in my country Lebanon the early morning of Eid, people go to the local cemetery to honorand remember the passed away relatives.

Hello everyone, it's so cool to see how traditions can vary from country to country or even place to place in the same country. I'm from Brazil and the tradition I like the most here is to be among my friends watching a soccer game.
The thing I like the most about this tradition is that we always disagree on how our team should be playing the game. Sometimes the same person complains about how bad a player is performing in one game and in the next game, the same person praises the same player. It's hilarious!
The best of this situation is that we always end watching the games by laughing at each other and this keep us very excited for the next game.

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