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Festivals and costumes in the UK

February 14th Valentines Day. This is a celebration of romance. Many people in the UK go out for dinner
with their sweethearts, and give them a Valentines card, chocolate or flowers. If youre single, you might
receive an anonymous card from a secret admirer!
March 1st St Davids Day (Wales). St David is the patron saint of Wales, and March 1 is a celebration of
Welsh culture. People in Wales might wear a daffodil narcisoand eat cawl, a soup of seasonal vegetables and
lamb or bacon. Events are held across Wales, including a large parade in Cardiff.
15th Mothers Day. Mothers Day is a day to celebrate motherhood, and to thank mothers for everything
they do throughout the year. Many people give their mothers a card or gift, treat them to a day out or cook
a meal.
17th St Patricks Day (Northern Ireland). The Feast of St Patrick is a national holiday in Ireland, and is
now celebrated by Irish communities all around the world. In the UK, there are St Patricks Day events in
cities including Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and London, as well as Belfast. Many people go out
with friends, wearing green or a shamrock symbol and drinking Guinness, the Irish dark beer.
1st April Fools Day. For one day of the year, it is acceptable even encouraged! to play tricks,
pranksjokes and practical jokes. Even newspapers, TV and radio shows often feature fake stories on April 1.
Its customary to reveal the joke by saying April fool! (the person who falls for the joke is the fool), and to
stop playing tricks at midday.
. 3rd6th Easter weekend. Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is
always on a Sunday in March or April (called Easter Sunday), and the previous Friday (Good Friday) and
following Monday (Easter Monday) are bank holidays. People celebrate Easter in different ways, but many
give each other chocolate eggs and eat hot cross buns (sweet buns with a cross design), while children
decorate eggs or take part in Easter egg hunts.
June 21st Fathers Day. Fathers Day is a day to show appreciation to fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers
and fathers-in-law. Many people in the UK give their father a card or gift, have a meal together or go out for
August 31st Notting Hill Carnival.Held in west London over a bank holiday weekend, Notting Hill
Carnival is Europes biggest street festival. Around 1 million people go to see colourful floatsdecorated
carroza and dancers in flamboyant costumes, hear music from salsa to reggae, and taste Caribbean
food from street stalls. Bring your party spirit, enough cash and a lot of patience it can be very crowded
October 31st Halloween. The modern way of celebrating Halloween is based on the Christian feast of All
Hallows Eve and the Celtic festival of Samhain. Children go trick-or-treating (knocking on neighbours
doors to ask for sweets) or carve pumpkins, while older students go to parties and Halloween events at
pubs, clubs or Students Unions. The important thing is to dress up as gruesomelyrepellent as you dare!
November 5th Bonfire night. Historically, this marks the anniversary of Guy Fawkes plot to blow up the
House of Lords and assassinate King James I in 1605 the failed 'gunpowder plot' is remembered in a
childrens rhyme . Today, it is commemorated with spectacular displays of fireworks.There will be firework
displays in most cities, but one of the best places to be is in the medieval town of Lewes, East Sussex
here, the fireworks are accompanied by colourful parades, music, costumes and the traditional guy, an
effigy made of straw or paper to burn on the bonfire.

December 25th Christmas. Most people in the UK celebrate Christmas, even if they are not
religious. There will be Christmas trees, presents, carol singing, mince pies and if it snows, snowmen and

snowball fights! The traditional Christmas dinner is a whole roast turkey with roast potatoes, vegetables,
gravy thick sauce and Christmas pudding for dessert.
How are all these festivals celebrated in your country?
In which ways do they differ from our traditions?
What do you think about fireworks?
Do you know the San Juan bonfires origin in Spain?
Whats your opinion about Aprils fool?
Whats the most important difference amongst all these festival in your country?
Do you know any other foreign traditions? Which?
Do you usually celebrate festivals?
Whats in your view the aim of celebrating festivals such as St. Valentine, April fools and similar feasts?