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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 paulystano on Mon, 25/02/2019 - 20:57

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It's very interesting to know about this kind of celebration dates. We know about the day and celebrate it, but most of us do not know about the history behind. Here in Brazil, for example, we have a lot of celebrations but most part of the population - including myself - do not know about the meanings.

Submitted by Htain Lin on Mon, 25/02/2019 - 07:25

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It is very interesting to read about the traditions all around the world. I think every country has different own tradition. I am from Myanmar(Burma) located in South East Asia and one of ASEAN member countries. Our country has a lot of festivals according to our tradition. One of the tradition that I like best is Water Festival(we call thingyan). This festival was belonged over a long time ago. This festival took 4-5 days according to our calendar. During this festival we pour water on one another and at night we hold dance throughout the country. We are really happy during this festival.
That sound well, to my children will like to go that carnival because them are very happy with the water, on holidays, we go to at father in law home in Puebla, México. They pour water on one another and they are very happy.

Submitted by cadu on Thu, 21/02/2019 - 09:02

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It’s interesting to read about the traditions in different places and share information with other students. I remember a carnival that happens all the years in Barranquilla Colombia. The people use costumes, dance and make funny movements. Some of they assume different roles and make jokes about the famous people. The carnival has a main phrase. “Who live it is who enjoy it”
Also in Mexico, there are a lot of carnivals, the best known is the Veracruz' carnival where the people to dance and drink all day. However, you must be careful with it, because some time things get out of control.

Submitted by NEIVA SOARES on Wed, 20/02/2019 - 14:56

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That's interesting, until reading that I did not know anything about the tradition.
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