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Holidays in UK, USA, CZ

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HOLIDAYS IN THE UK

TROOPING THE COLOUR

  • June

  • queen’s official birthday ceremony

  • Royal standard is flown from Buckingham Palace

  • Union Flag is flown from public buildings.

REMEMBRANCE DAY

  • 11th November

  • take place at Cenopath in London

  • two minutes of silence at 11 AM

  • symbol: red poppy

Christmas

  • 12-Day festival starting on 24th December - Christmas Eve

  • Finishing on 6th January - feast of Epiphany

  • befure christmast children write letters to Father Christmas

  • They opent their present early morning on Christmas day 25th December

  • For dinner - roasted turkey and plum pudding

  • Boxing day (26th December) is also a holiday-gentry give little gift boxes to their severants

GUY FAWKES’ NIGHT

  • 5th November 1605

  • unsuccessful attempt to blow up Guy Fawkes

  • Bonfires - a "guy" is burned there Fireworks

MAY DAY

  • the first Monday in May

  • people put a tall maypole in the centre of town

  • popular in Qxford – at 6AM a choir sings a hymn to spring

HALLOWEEN

  • 31st October 4

  • it was believed that at this night evil spirits would come out and everyone would stay at home

  • nowadays people have parties, children wear costumes, they crave pumpkins

  • traditional food - Apples, pumpkins, baked potatoes and toffe

  • traditional games - apple bobbing

ST. VALENTINE DAY

  • 14th February

  • named after Christian martyr who died because he had wedded many couples in the times of war when marriages were forbidden

EASTER

  • Maundy Thursday the Queen gives Maundy Money to the poor

  • good Friday – hot cross buns are eaten with butter

  • Sunday Easter – people go to church, wearing smt new

  • Easter egg hunt, egg rolling

  • Easter Monday – is a holiday in the UK

BURNS NIGHT

  • 25th January

  • birthday of Robert Burns

  • typical dishes (haggis, potatoes, turnip) Bagpipes, dances, kilts

EISTEDDFOD

  • first week in August

  • in Wales, festival of music, literature and arts

THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

  • 12th August – 2nd September

  • festival of Scottish music and dancing

  • typical sports - tossing the caber, throwing the hammer or tug-of-war

HOLIDAYS IN THE USA

EASTER

  • April 14th (asi)

  • Christian holiday but people celebrate the secular side of Easter

  • Easter bunny – person in costume brings egg candy..,

  • Egg Hunt looking for eggs,

  • Huge Easter Egg hunt in Washington – new clothes symbol of new life,

  • Easter parades-

Christmas

  • During this period another two holidays are celebrated - Hanukkah (Jews), Kwanzaa (African heritage)

  • it is not national holiday in USA

  • most shops are closed on Christmas day

  • Symbols: Santa Claus, Gifts, Traditional Food, Christmas Decoration, Holly, Ribbons, Decorated Houses

Halloween

  • 31th October

  • lost its religious meaning

  • celebrates witches, goblins, ghost

  • Jack-o-lantern : carved pumpkin with candle

  • Trick-or-treating

SAINT PATRICK DAY

  • 17th March

  • Christian a cultural holiday

  • people dresses green, eat green food

  • shamrock, leuprechens

  • symbol : green shamrock (holy trinity)

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