Christmas in the UK

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Submitted by nadyanightingale on Tue, 26/04/2022 - 08:19


We do celebrate Christmas, Easter, New Year, Victory Day and some more orthodox holidays. We come together, cook and eat with all family members. We give our presents away, dance and visit either the church or the city center depending on the type of holiday.

Submitted by William.Fordanovich on Sat, 05/02/2022 - 17:28


I live in Ukraine. In my country we celebrate many holidays, one of them is Christmas. It is usually a family day, when all family gets together for evening dinner. A table is usually decorated with Christmas serviettes and candles. We have some special food like roasted duck with apples and lemon. On this day we already have a Cristmas tree in the house. It is decorated with lights, tinsels, Christmas balls and toys. In our family and in many others families people usually don`t give presents for each other on Cristmas, but it happens on New Year's Day - another holiday.

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Submitted by Kadir on Sat, 11/09/2021 - 19:56

In my country people prepare many food and drinks for New Year, like chicken or turkey roast, rice, crisps, cokes, wine. Some people wear Santa Clothes in the streets and squares. While New Year time (24.00) approaching they begin to countdown from 10 to one then celebrate each other's new year. They wish a year better than last year for each others.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 19:22

In my country we celebrate all the Christian holidays, especially Christmas, Easter and All Saints' Day; furthermore there are other holidays as New Year, Carnival, Halloween, August 15th, wich come from pagan traditions, but were christianized, although now these were celebrated without no links to the Christian faith.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Tue, 06/04/2021 - 13:24

New Yea, equinox day,.....

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Tue, 06/04/2021 - 08:57

I live in the UK. The majority of the people here celebrate Christmas, Easter. Born fire, and Halloween in the holidays on there specific times. The big event and festival people celebrate Christmas every year in 25th of December.

Submitted by Leila77 on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 11:13

Hi, Could you please explain me something in task 4? In sentence 4 from task 4, "Santa has eight reindeer to help pull his sleigh." I don't understand why "reindeer" is written without an "s" at the end?
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Submitted by Jonathan R on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 04:08

In reply to by Leila77


Hi Leila77,

The plural of reindeer is the same as the singular form. It's irregular :)


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Submitted by KATIA MARA ARA… on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 21:31

I love celebrate Christmas! So, I trimmed the tree with tinsel, lights and ribbon. My family and I change some gifts. I usually cook Christmas pudding, turkey and rice . My son is excited to receive Santa and put his letter in the stocking. This year I decorate my porch with a big snowman, reindeer toys with sleigh.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Fri, 04/12/2020 - 10:00

My holiday starts in first July and end August. I usually go home and spend time with parents , grandparents and other family members.I live in Lucknow India.

Submitted by Ayuloraine sit… on Thu, 19/11/2020 - 02:47

hello in my country where i was born, we celebrate christmas and new year, And that's a big season for my family, to celebrated the christmas, we buy tinsel, holly to decorate our christmas tree and then cooking food, pray for all family.

Submitted by Pola on Sun, 13/09/2020 - 17:39

Christmas in Egypt, it's very different, the Christmas Eve begins in coptic orthodox church starting with some shows with santa and end of the Eve with divine liturgy, but before celebrate that Christmas Eve it's followed 43 days of fasting, then we'll celebrating Christmas day started off on the morning with offer to presents for each other.

Submitted by Asni on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 23:27

In Seville, people celebrate the New Year, Chrismas, Holy Week, the Fair of Seville, Epiphany. Those are the major celebrations or at least the ones I could remember.

Submitted by John A. on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 15:21

We use to celebrate Christmas here, it's one of the biggest celebration of the year. Even if I use to think it's more and more a commercial celebration, I also think it's the moment to take time and appreciate every good moment in family.

Submitted by Carla-T on Thu, 23/07/2020 - 09:59

I'm my country we celebrate Christmas, Easter and others.

Submitted by MammadovAnar on Sat, 20/06/2020 - 12:21

I'm from Azerbaijan. We have various kinds of holidays which people do celebrate in my country. Novruz bayrami,Kurban bayrami (also called the "Festival of the Sacrifice") and new year for example. Novruz holiday is one of the most important and favorite holidays of the Azerbaijani people. It marks the arrival of spring and is celebrated on, March 20-21 – the beginning of the astronomical New Year. Usually, many different traditional meals are cooked by Azerbaijanian people on this holiday. Moreover, people make a fire and jump over the fire. PS: In Azerbaijanian language "bayram" means "holiday or festival".

Submitted by Dilnoza Sulaymonova on Fri, 12/06/2020 - 15:47

In our country we celebrate a lot of holidays: New year, Navruz, Independence day.

Submitted by Ainura_85 on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 17:28

Hello everyone! I am from Kazakhstan, people celebrate a New Year in 31 of December in my country. Before this holiday people buy presents for relatives and friends. Besides people decorated a Christmas tree with lights, tinsel, and all presents we put under the Christmas tree. We cooked a lot of delicious dishes and traditional cuisine. And the best thing which I adore is making wishes at 12.00 p.m.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Wed, 27/05/2020 - 19:29

The holidays that people celebrates where I live include Christmas, Easter, Workers' Day and so on.

Submitted by thuy02102000 on Sun, 24/05/2020 - 09:58

I come from Viet Nam and in my country. Christmas isn't a main traditional holiday. In Viet Nam, we organize a big holiday called Lunar New Year (Tết Nguyên Đán) or may be called Tet Holiday (Tết). Before Tet , my country's atmosphere is really bustling. Everyone cleans their house to wait for Tet coming. Besides that, people go shopping for new clothes because this is our traditional, if you buy new clothes for Tet holiday, you will start a new year with luck. I don't know this is right or wrong I just hear one of my friends told about this. At this time, they also prepare some foods (Thịt kho tàu, canh khổ qua - bitter melon soup, fried fish,....), and some fruits to put on the altar like custard apple, coconut, papaya, mango, Sung - in Vietnamese. I will explain for you why they choose these fruits - in Vietnamese it means Cầu dừa đủ xài sung - they hope, in the new year they will have more and more something like money, good things, condition, even in career and jobs. They always hope everything in their life always good and develop. On the other hand, At Tet everyone usually goes to the temple, church to pray for themselves or their family,.... Before or At Tết holiday, There has many activities in my country but I just remember something as above I told you. If you would like to discover something about Tet holiday, you can search Google

Submitted by piyush_bpin on Fri, 03/04/2020 - 17:51

People celebrate Christmas where I live. They start preparing for a month in advance. Most of the people buy Christmas tree and placed inside their house. They decorate it with tinsel, stocking, lights, and many presents. They also invite neighbor, friends, and relatives for dinner. They exchange presents and greet each other. They donate food, cloths, and other essential items to poor people. Many times they arrange shelter to accommodate homeless people. Children play outside and make snowman out of snow flakes. There is something for everyone and for children: present waiting under Christmas tree or handing over it. I love it because Christmas makes us polite, humble, and needful for others.

Submitted by Lucas- on Fri, 03/04/2020 - 03:58

Hi, I am from Vietnam. For me, the most important holiday here is Lunar New Year Eve. People in Vietnam look forward to it every year since this Eve family has the opportunity to reunite and celebrate together which hard to do another time in a year. People do a big clean the house to wipe out bad lucks and ready to receive fortune coming from the new year. Vietnamese like to decorate their house by flowers. Especially apricot flower and peach blossoms are the most popular decorative flowers for this occasion. On the night turning from the old year to the new year, there are fireworks performances in almost every city in Vietnam. The meaning of these is scaring away the evils and welcoming the God of wealth. On that night, families gather together and eating delicious foods and watch Military Apple (I think only Vietnamese is able to understand this word, lol). In summary, I do not think that I am able to tell you about this biggest Vietnamese holidays in a few words. I hope that anyone who is interesting in this holidays has a chance to experience it in Vietnam, it will be one of the greatest experience in your life, I promise ^^~

Submitted by Mamta Gusain on Tue, 31/03/2020 - 14:50

India is a land of festivals. people of different- different religion and culture live here. But the festival i like most is "Diwali". people starts cleaning their home few days before diwali. houses are decorated with electric lights, earth lamps and flowers. people use to wear new clothes on this day . at night we worship the Goddess "Lakshmi" . we prepare some traditional dishes and sweets at home and distributes with each other. it is a festival of lights which removes the darkness from earth.

Submitted by Daudau0601 on Mon, 30/03/2020 - 16:48

in my country, people often celebrate Tet holiday which is the biggest festival of the year. its the time that everyone prepares to welcome to a new year. Pricot and peach blossom bloom, everything is cleaned and decorated carefully. The children wears new clothes and they recieve a lucky money from their parents. Almost people usually go to the church to pray for lucky in a new year and visit thier relative.

Submitted by wcyam10 on Mon, 02/03/2020 - 05:41

In Singapore , we celebrate many holidays. For instance, Chinese New Year which is the New Year celebration of the Chinese according to the Chinese Calender and Hari Raya, the new Year Celebration of Malay according to the Islamic Calender. However, the seasonal celebration i love the most is Christmas where everywhere is decorated with colourful lights and beautiful christmas trees. In addtion, joyful christmas songs are broadcasted in almost every corner making the everyone feel warm and happy.
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Submitted by Gelashvili Nika on Fri, 28/02/2020 - 09:30

In Georgia also called SAQARTVELO, where I live have a lot of holidays, for example, saint Georgi's day, it is the most lovely saint for Georgian people and in our homeland, there are over 365 churches named of him. In Georgia live's 3,7 million, people and 90 percent of them are Christians and this is a reason 12 saint holiday's that we have in Georgia, but also we celebrate a new year, easter, international women's day, etc like another world.

Submitted by Ainur on Sat, 22/02/2020 - 11:18

In Kazakhstan we have a lot of holidays, but the most celebrated: New Year, Nauryz

Submitted by Ammaraf on Thu, 06/02/2020 - 09:12

The most important holiday in my region is Fiter holiday in this day we visit our families, friends and neighbors shearing foods in same table. our children playing together in the town court where you can hear there laugh.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Wed, 25/12/2019 - 12:51

We celebrate January the 7th to celebrate a new government which was freed from the massacre.
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Submitted by Nhungskun on Thu, 19/12/2019 - 08:54

The most important holiday in Vietnam is Lunar Tet. In this holiday we decorate the house by a lot of flowers, such as peach blossom, apricot flowers, kumquat tree. We put some tinsel or flash light on these trees. Besides we need to clean all of the house and prepare a feast with traditional delicious dishes to worship ancestors in order to show gratitude.
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Submitted by Stanley Alvarez on Fri, 13/09/2019 - 16:18

I live in Colombia. Here people usually celebrate holidays like Christmas, New Year, Wise men (in January) and other days like Independence (in July) and Boyaca's battle (in August).
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Submitted by mtalebi on Fri, 06/09/2019 - 08:32

In Iran, we celebrate the new year, Nowruz, at 20 March.

Submitted by JTEROBA on Wed, 17/07/2019 - 14:46

In Mexico, we also celebrate Christmas and there´s a holiday I like, it is 'Dia de muertos'. In those days people can visit your ancestors and give them flowers and meal at home or cemetery. That´s wonderful.

Submitted by Katrusja on Sun, 23/06/2019 - 18:33

In Ukraine we also celebrate Christmas, New Year, Easter. Also we have many religious and national holidays such as Independence day, Day of ukrainian army, Sant Nikola's Day and other.