May Day traditions in Britain include Morris dancing, the crowning of the May Queen and Maypole dancing.
Morris dancers normally perform on May Day. These are men wearing folk costumes and bell pads on their shins. They use sticks, swords and handkerchiefs that maybe wielded by the dancers during their dance.
Category: May Day / Tradition / Britain
Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. In many countries Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays. Easter is a moveable date. It is held on the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox.
Easter is preceded by Lent, a forty day period of fasting, penance and prayer. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week. It includes Maundy Thursday; when various religious leaders wash people’s feet.
Category: Easter / Jesus / Tradition
Today let’s talk about Valentine’s Day! In case you didn’t know it is on February 14th. It is celebrated in many countries around the world. These days it is pretty commercial. Known also as St Valentine’s Day it is associated with love! Valentine’s Day symbols include heart shapes, doves and the figure of a winged cupid.
In Britain in the 18th century handwritten greeting cards were sent. Lovers also expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, and confectionary. By 1900 handwritten cards had given way to mass-produced greeting cards; all these traditions still continue. Nowadays lovers also send SMS messages and email cards. A dozen red roses remain a popular gift to send your lover.
Category: Love / Valentine’s Day / February 14
Why do we dream of a white Christmas? Why do we get Christmas cards with snow on them?
The culprit is the writer Charles Dickens. His childhood coincided with a decade of freakishly cold winters. Thus in his writings he describes persistently a Britain smothered in snow on Christmas Day, his inspiration coming from his childhood.
Six of Dickens’s first nine Christmases were white. One of these fell in the winter of 1813-14, when Britain’s last Frost Fair was held on a frozen River Thames in London and Dickens was nearly two years old.
Category: Christmas / Charles Dickens / Snow
Today, we are going to countdown to Christmas! Look at today’s date. How many shopping days are there still to go?
Have you bought yourself an advent calendar yet? If you have what is your favourite picture on it? Perhaps it is a chocolate advent calendar?
Category: Christmas / December / Events
Today, we are going to talk about Guy Fawkes’ Night or Bonfire Night. The event is held every year in the United Kingdom on the evening of the fifth of November.
The annual commemoration is to remind us of the events of the 5th November 1605 when Guy Fawkes’, who was a Catholic, was caught and arrested in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament while guarding the gunpowder that was to be used to blow it up.
Category: History / Guy Fawkes’ / 5 November
Today, let’s talk about Halloween. It occurs once a year on the night of the 31st October. It’s the most likely time you’ll see people dressed up as witches, ghosts, skeletons, monsters, devils or other weird supernatural creatures.
Halloween parties are popular among both children and adults and dressing up in costume is all part of the fun! Watch out for many a pumpkin with spooky eyes and teeth lit by a candle. Halloween colours are black and orange. Watch out for the spooky masks!
Category: Halloween / 31 October / Witches & Pumpkins
Today let’s talk about Easter traditions. Every country and region has its own. In this lesson we will look at a few of them.
Most people associate Easter with Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and Easter Egg hunts. Easter though is about Christ. Many Christians celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Christ. For this reason they go to church over this period.
Category: Easter / Easter Traditions / Religion
Today, let’s talk about the end of the world. According to the ancient Mayan calendar it was meant to end on December 21st 2012. By reading this lesson after this date the world is obviously still here!
There have been many superstitions and predictions about December 21st. Some people might say the world might not end exactly on this date but soon after. Then again the world might just last a few more thousand years…
Category: The World / End of the World / Mayan Calendar
Today, let’s talk about Christmas. What is it? Why is it? How do we celebrate it? What does it mean to you? Also how has it changed over the years? Some interesting questions for you to mull over…maybe over a glass of Glühwein? This German pre-Christmas tradition has in recent years spread across Europe to the UK in the form of popular Christmas markets.
Category: Christmas / December / Tradition