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Traditions and holidays of Great BritainУчитель английского языка МБОУ «Школа №117» г.Н.Новгорода Матвеева Оксана Евгеньевна New Year’s Daythe beginning of the new year. People make resolutions. Saint Valentine’s Day February 14Was started in the time of Roman Empire.Is dedicated to St. Valentine.People send a card to someone they love, like, fancy or admire. The Boat Race In MarchA rowing race between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.On the river Thames in London (7,2 km). Pancake Day In MarchThe last day before Lent.Pancake race-running while holding a pancake in a frying pan. Competitors have to throw it in the air and catch it again in the pan. Good FridayThe Friday before Easter.The church marks the death of Christ.British usually eat hot-cross buns, which are marked on top with cross. EasterIn April.The celebration of the Resurrection of ChristSchools are closed for two weeks.People give each other chocolate eggs that are wrapped in silver paper. The London MarathonOne of the biggest marathons in the world.Each year about 30,000 people start the race and about 25,000 finish.Raise money for charity. May DayMay 1A pagan festival to celebrate the end of winter and welcome summer.Children dance around the maypole and sing songs. Chelsea Flower ShowIn MayBritain’s most important flower and garden show.Thousands of people come to see the prize flowers and specially built gardens. Midsummer DayJune 24Summer solstice.People stay up until midnight to welcome in midsummer day. When the fires die down, men run or jump through it to bring good luck. Trooping The ColourThe second Saturday in June.Celebrates the Queen’s official birthday.Lots of marching, military music and the soldiers are dressed in colourful uniforms. Saint Swithin’s DayJuly 15Saint Swithin was England’s Bishop of Winchester.40 days of bad weather will follow if it rains on this day. WimbledonThe last week of July and the first week of June.At Wimbledon in South-West London.One of the four great world tennis championships and the only one which is played on grass. Notting Hill CarnivalThe last weekend in August.Takes place in Notting Hill.People dress up in fabulous costumes.Steel bands play African and Caribbean music. Harvest FestivalsIn September.A Christian festival.It was held to say thank you to God for a good harvest.Churches are decorated with fruit, vegetables and flowers. HalloweenOctober 31A pagan festival celebrates the return of the souls that visit their former houses.People dress up as witches, ghosts etc.Houses are decorated with pumpkins. Guy Fawke’s NightNovember 5He was a terrorist.The day marks the discovery of a plot to blow up Parliament in 1605.People make models of him and burn them on big bonfires. Christmas DayDecember 25Religious ceremony commemorating the birth of Christ.Children wake up early to find presents in their stockings.Traditional Christmas tree and dinner. New Year’s EveDecember 31Traditionally Scottish celebration.At midnight everybody joins hands and sings Auld Lang Syne.