Let’s talk about customs and traditions of an English-speaking country. What can you tell me about your favourite holiday in Britain?
To begin with I’d like to point out that British customs and traditions are famous all over the world. When people think of Britain, they often think of people drinking tea, eating fish and chips, colourful royal ceremonies, soldiers in strange uniforms. In Britain customs and traditions play a more important part in the life of people than in other countries. The British are proud of their traditions and carefully keep them up.
The British celebrate such public holidays as Christmas, Easter Monday, May Day. There are also such festivals as Pancake Day, April Fool’s day, Halloween, Guy Fawkes night, St Valentine’s Day and others. I’d like to describe some of my favourite.
Halloween is a holiday annually celebrated on the thirty first of Octover. People hold Halloween parties, where the hosts and guests often dress up as skeletons, ghosts or other scary figures. Common symbols of Halloween include pumpkins, bats and spiders. Other people gather together to watch horror films, either at home or at a cinema. Some children go trick-or-treating. This means that they dress up and go to other peoples’ houses, knocking on the door for treat of sweets or a snack.
Christmas is celebrated on the twenty fifth of December. For most families this is the most important festival of the year and on this day many people are travelling home to be with their families. Most houses are decorated with brightly–coloured paper or holly and there is usually a Christmas tree in the corner of the front room. A lot of traditions are connected with Christmas but the most important is giving presents. Christmas night is an exciting time for children; it is the time when Father Christmas comes. Children hung up stockings for Father Christmas who will hopefully fill them up with presents.
Do you find some British customs and traditions special? Why (not)?
I do. Britain is full of culture and traditions which are famous all over the world. Some British customs and traditions are very old and you can find them only in Britain. Take, for example, Changing the Guard or the Beefeaters of the Tower of London. I’d like to stress that it is exciting to learn about customs and traditions and I would like to see some of these customs with my own eyes.
What questions can you ask a British teenager about good manners in their country?
You open doors for other people, don`t you?
Do you shake hands with people?
How often do you say «Please» and «Thank you»?
Do you stand in line in Britain?
Do you shake hands when introduced?
4. What national souvenirs would you buy in Britain?
You should buy souvenirs with pictures of The Royal Family, Policemen, Royal Guards, London Transport, Union Flag and famous London buildings.
You should buy thimbles, bells, T-shirts, soft toys, models, magnets, pens and pencils, mouse mats, caps, pin badges, post boxes, aprons and much more.
5. Nowadays more and more people are getting interested in customs and traditions of different countries. What do you think about it?
So many countries so many customs, an English proverb says. It’s very important to know traditions and customs of different countries. By comparing the customs and cultures of people from other countries, we can learn how others view the world and why they think the way they do. By understanding others, we can not only form deeper friendships with others but can also learn more about ourselves and our own culture.