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Great Britain : a Country of Traditions. Just like families have their own traditions so do countries. It's common knowledge that the British are lovers of traditions. In a whole year, each season in Britain is connected with various colourful traditions,customs and festivals.
S P R I N G .ST David's Day.May Day.
St David's Day.March 1st a very important day for Welsh people. It's St David's Day. He is the "patron" or national saint of Wales. In that day Welsh people wear daffodils in the buttonholes of their coats or jackets.
May Day.It's very important day in the Middle Ages, the celebration of summer's beginning. For that day people decorates houses and streets with branches of trees and flowers. People put a striped maypole decorated with flowers and danced round it.
S U M M E R .The Trooping of the Colour.Swan Upping.Highland Games.
The Trooping of the Colour.Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926. But beginning with 1805 all British kings and queens celebrate their birthday on the second Saturday in June.The weather on this day is usually nice and sunny. The royal family watch the Birthday Parade from the balcony of Buckingham palace in London. The soldiers in beautiful uniforms ride and march along the Mall. The parade is very beautiful and a lot of people from all over the world come to watch it. The parade has a name. The name is "Trooping the Colour" because Trooping" means "walking together" and "the Colour" means a flag.
Swan UppingOn the River Thames there are hundreds of swans. A lot of these beautiful white birds belong, traditionally, to the King or Queen. Then the Queen's swan keeper goes, in a boat, from London Bridge to Henly ( a town on the Thames).
Highland Games.After Queen Victoria visited the games at Braemer in 1848, the Braemer games became the most famous tradition in Scotland. Today thousands of visitors come to see sports like tossing the caber or throwing the hammer. The games always incloud Scotosh dancing and bagpipe music.
style.rotation A u t u m n.The state Opening of Parliament.Guy Fawkes Day.
The State Opening of Parliament.Parliament controls modern Britain. Queen travels from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament in a gold carriage every autumn. She reads Quenn's Speech and sits on the trhrone in the Houses of Lords. She wears a crown and the crown jewels.
Guy Fawkes Day.Guy Fawkes Day is on 5 November. That day in 1605 some conspirators wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I and his ministers. Guy Fawkes was one of them. All over the country people build wood fires, or "bonfires", in their gardens. On top of each bonfire is a guy. That is a figure of Guy Fawkes.
W I N T E R.Up-Helly-AaCarol Singing
Carol Singing.People were often sung outside houses by fantastically-dressed actors called Mummers. Mane of today's carols have been written since the 19th century as Christmas
Up-Helly Aa.In the 9th century the Vikings from Norvey came to the Shetlends. The came to Britain in ships and took away gold, animals and sometimes people.Every winter people of Zerwick make a model of a Viking longship with the head of a dragon at the front. The festival is a party for the people of the Shetland Islands.