British traditional holidays IGreat Britain is famous forits old traditions. Some of them existed in ancient times and survived throughcenturies. Some of them appeared when Christianity came to British isles.Speaking about religious holidays one can t but mention Easter, Pancake Day andMother s Day. The dates of these holidays aren t strict, they depend on thedate
of Easter, that varies every year. Pancake day is thepopular name for the Shrove Tuesday, the day before the first day of Lent. Inthe middle ages people on that day made merry and ate pancakes. The ingredients of pancakes are allforbidden by Church during Lent, that is why they have to be used the daybefore.
The most common form of celebrating this day in the old times was the all town ball game or tug-of-war, inwhich everyone was tearing here andthere, trying to get the ball or rope into their part of the city. Today theonly custom, that is observed throughout Britain is pancake eating. For the English peoplethe best-known name for the fourth in Lent Sunday is Mothering Sunday or Mother s Day. For 3centuries this day has been a day of small family
gatherings when absent sonsand daughters return to their homes. Gifts are made to mothers by children ofall ages. Flowers and cakes are still traditional gifts. Violets and primrosesare most popular flowers. Sometimes the whole family goes to church and thenthere is a special dinner at which roast lamb, rice-pudding and home-made winesand served. Easter is one of themost important holidays in
Christianity. In England it s a time for giving andreceiving presents, mostly Easter eggs. We can say that the egg is the mostpopular emblem of Easter, but spring-time flowers are also used to stress thenature s awakening. Nowadays there are a lot of chocolate Easter eggs, havingsome small gifts inside. But a real hard-boiled egg, decorated and painted inbright colours , still appears on breakfast tables
What is - a family tradition? I think that tradition - that's what moved the family from one generation to the next.
All families are different. And how do they differ? Custom and tradition, that is passed on from generation to generation. What are family traditions? I know, for example, that some families have a tradition of Christmas bake cakes with a surprise: one put a coin, the other is baked salt, and one sweet. Over the New Year's table the chime of bells should choose a cake, and a lot of them on a platter. The one who gets the cake with a coin in the next year be rich, the owner of the salt cake waiting for tests, and sweet - happy, sweet life. In other families on New Year made to paint the window: the glass gouache depict symbol of the coming year, Santa Claus and the Snow Maiden, and some winter picture. The family of our good friends, for example, played on traditional family holidays lottery.
Both adults and even very young children, it seems to me like a family tradition, to remember them and willing to comply.
Our family did a lot of tradition. Here is one of them. Maybe someone may seem ridiculous, but spend cleaning the house on Saturday - is also our tradition! Every member of the family secured a volume of work: Mom washes the floor, I wipe the dust, and my older brother does the dishes and take out the garbage. Say, what is this tradition? This all happens! But we do it together, taking care of each other.
In our family, there is another tradition that the whole family in the first warm weekend of spring we're going to rest in the woods. You could even say that we meet the arrival of spring! Listen to the birds and breathe fresh air. This tradition has existed since the time I was born.
Traditionally, we celebrate birthdays and family members. Oh, this is not just a holiday for the birthday. Care and begin to prepare the feast takes the whole family. Mother and grandmother carefully considered holiday menu. Was not the case that they are not surprised us with some culinary masterpiece. We older brother Victor and I think through our holiday entertainment: games, contests, comic lottery. One also has to think about the music, under which guests will dance: everyone has different tastes, and it is necessary to make the fun was over. When everything is done with love, it is always nice and valuable.
What are family traditions? To make it interesting, fun to live, to keep the family strong, friendly. Family traditions bring together all the relatives, make a family a family. We need to create their own family traditions and cherish them!