Kirsty
Professional Teacher
Practice your English with Multicultural Monday - National Holidays

Practice your English with Multicultural Monday

Is there a national holiday unique to your country?

Add your country and nationality and give as much detail about the outfit as possible in the comments below.

 

For example:
My name is Kirsty and I am from Scotland. On the 31st of December the people of Scotland celebrate Hogmanay, which is synonymous with the New Year (Gregorian calendar) celebrations, but done in the Scottish way. It is normally only the start of a celebration that lasts through the night until the morning of New Year's Day (1 January) or, in some cases, 2 January—a Scottish Bank Holiday.


The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour and often involves the giving of symbolic gifts such as salt (less common today), coal, shortbread, whisky, and black bun (a rich fruit cake) intended to bring different kinds of luck to the householder. Food and drink (as the gifts) are then given to the guests. This may go on throughout the early hours of the morning and well into the next day (although modern days see people visiting houses well into the middle of January). The first-foot is supposed to set the luck for the rest of the year.


Another Hogmanay custom is the singing of "Auld Lang Syne", whcih has become common in many other countries. "Auld Lang Syne" is a Scots poem by Robert Burns, based on traditional and other earlier sources. It is now common to sing this in a circle of linked arms that are crossed over one another as the clock strikes midnight for New Year's Day, though it is only intended that participants link arms at the beginning of the final verse, co-ordinating with the lines of the song that contain the lyrics to do so. Typically, it is only in Scotland this practice is carried out correctly.

 

(Please note this is purely an English practice and culture sharing exercise)

Jun 2, 2014 8:54 AM
Kirsty
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), English
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