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Traditional festivals in Great Britain

Have you ever heard of the Guy Fawkes Night belongs?

This is a feast day that is celebrated in Great Britain. There are some big celebrations there that we don't even know.

The British also have public holidays that you know from Germany, for example Easter (Easter) or Christmas (Christmas).

Especially in London there are festivals that people from all over the world have brought to Great Britain. For example, the Chinese New Year (The Chinese New Year).

You can find out more about this on the following pages ...

Traditional festivals

You know many festivals in Great Britain from Germany. However, the British celebrate the holidays known to us a little differently:

  • Christmas: Most of the British celebrate Christmas. There is one big difference, however. There are no gifts on Christmas Eve (Christmas Eve), but on the morning of December 25th on Christmas Day (Christmas Day) . Boxing Day is called in Great Britain Boxing Day.
  • New Year’s Eve: New Year's Eve is celebrated in Great Britain just like in Germany. You don't see as many fireworks on the street on New Year's Eve as we do. At the turn of the year, the song is traditionally still used today Auld Lang Syne sung. In Scotland it is the New Year celebrations Hogmanay called. Ship sirens and rifle shots sounded at midnight. The Scots visit their neighbors and give them presents.
  • Easter: Easter is celebrated in Great Britain in a very similar way to Germany. There are Easter eggs (Easter Egg) and the Easter bunny (Easter Bunny).

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Mother’s Day: Also in Great Britain there is Mother's Day, but not in May, but already in March.

Festivals of the British Isles

There are many festivals that originally come from the UK. Some of them are also celebrated here:

  • St. Patrick's Day: March 17th is Saint Patrick's Day (Saint Patrick). As Saint Patrick is the patron saint of the Irish, March 17th is a national holiday. Everything is decorated in green, the national color of Ireland. Parades make St. Patrick's Day a colorful street festival. In the UK, there is a major street parade, especially in London.
  • Halloween: You are probably familiar with Halloween on October 31st. But did you know that this festival originated around a thousand years ago in the Celtic times in the British Isles? Today children go from house to house in disguise and ask for sweets.
  • Guy Fawkes Night: On November 5th, the British will commemorate with a bonfire (Bonfire) the failed assassination attempt on the English king in 1605. In many places street parades and torchlight parades take place, during which fireworks are ignited and dolls are burned.
  • Valentine's Day: February 14th is Lovers' Day in Great Britain too. It is a tradition to send yourself postcards. The sender remains undetected. So you can see from the number of cards how many admirers you have.

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Celebrations from around the world in Great Britain

Great Britain is home to people from all over the world who have brought their own festivals and traditions. Especially in London and the big cities the following festivals are celebrated:

  • Eid ul-Fitr: At the Eid ul-Fitr Muslims celebrate the end of the 29-day fasting period, Ramadan. People celebrate in families, give each other presents and distribute sweets.
  • Diwali: The festival of lights (Festival of Lights) is an important Hindu festival celebrated by many Indians in Britain. The victory of good over evil is celebrated with many lights and fireworks.
  • Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year is a family festival. The New Year festival is celebrated with fireworks, dragon dances and a lantern festival.

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