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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,everyone i am glad to see different and interesting facts and information from different countries and cultures.Getting know with other cultures give a mindset about country to the reader of it.It is also important to know about different cultures in the business sector especially if the person is expatriate worker for the company.Understanding people from different cultures can avoid huge misunderstandings while communicating people from different countries.It is somehow learning about new language.As great writer Dostevski said "Having second language means having second soul"

It´s good to know about your traditions, my international friends. Here in Spain, we have a funny tradition on Dicember 28 th. It´s called Día de los inocentes (innocent´s day). The reason why its so funny its because you have to fool people as original as you can. I am going to give you an example in order to you understand it easily:
- Hey David, I saw your girl kissing another boy yesterday... I´m so sorry dude.
- No way my friend, I really trusted her... I´m devastated...
- Don´t worry dude, all of this it´s a prank! Innocent!! (Inocente!!!).

It´s not the most original example but I hope you already know what our tradition is about.
Cheers from Madrid.

Yeah i reall understand what you mean.In Azerbaijan we celebrate similar one on 1 April.It is called as "lying day" and we also can make lies to our friends or our relatives,family members.But the main difference is that when we get people "Innocente" we can get anything we want from them.

Hello! I´m so glad to learn english language. We are all here from so different countries and have different native languages, but nevertheless you can read and write and everybody, who learns english, can understands me and I another people. I want to describe one of the many traditions of my country too. I´m from Russia and we celebrate in the spring the end of the winter. It is called "Maslenitsa" or "farewell to winter".:) and takes place at the end of March. People back a lot of pancakes and smear it with a lot of butter. As in this time the temperature is still low and in the evening in the dark people go to make a big bonfire. Many wear a traditional clothes and make women´s scarecrows and then they burned these scarecrows at the fire. Of course it sounds folk music and participants dance in the big round. It´s very funny and everybody has a possibility to see what people done in earlier years. And for children is is also very informatively. But in our modern time it takes place only in a village and not in town or the big city. But one part of this tradition is always observed also in big cities - to back pancakes :))

It´s good to read your story which has so many details. I presume that you are here because you want to practise your English. So do I, so if you want we can be in touch!

Hi everyone,
I'm from india. india has many festivel one of them is called lohri. it's a very famous festival in province punjab. its celebrated by sikhs on 13 January

Here in Mexico we have many tradition, one of them is "el día de muertos"
It celebretes on November 1 and 2. In this time, the people believe that their deads (family) return to home. So The people make their favorite food and drinks and it is places in a table, it calls "ofrenda" (offering)

Today I like to write about the people in my country who tried to revolt against their dictator A people had revolted. Unfortunately, most of the countries of the world let them down, and the result was that the dictator remained in power, a lot of bloodshed and a lot of displaced persons (refugees) all over the world. Every year they celebrate the anniversary of the announcement of this revolution. It is more than pretty dark and horrible.

Pretty nice to hear about different cultures around the world. I’m from Brazil and one tradition that I like best in my country is called “Festa Junina” that translated into English would be something like June Party. Basically, it's a kind of redneck party to celebrate the life of São João, who is considered by some people as a holy man.

The best thing at this party are the typical foods, and the majority of these foods are made with corn, each one with their particular flavor, and I love it. Besides, there are some games during this party, such as wedding simulation, live music, and typical dances.

Although the origin of this party has been from the northeast of the country, it’s celebrated in all states of Brazil, and it is something that I love in my country. We are people with a lot of cultural diversity, but at the same time, we are able to share each regional culture among other states.

I'm so impressed by all the traditions around the world, thanks for sharing. I'm from Spain but I now live in the UK. There are many different traditions in my country depending on the region you are in. I'm from a small village in Cordoba which is an Andalusian's city.
On the 3rd of May we celebrated "las cruces de Mayo" which is basically a religious celebration. Every neighbourhood on the village and also in Cordoba are in charge of building a cross made by carnations most of them red.
I'm not a religious person but I enjoyed that celebration in particular. I remember when I was a kid, everyone in my area was working together building a cross made by flowers, can you imagine that?
It was great to see everyone working together. People with different ideals and backgrounds collaborating in the same project. I think this is something that, unfortunately, we don't picture so often in a neighbourhood.

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