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Traditions and holidays of Great Britain.

 

Every nation and every country has its own traditions and customs.

Traditions make a nation special. Some of them are old-fashioned and

many people remember them, others are part of peoples life. Some

British customs and traditions are known all the world.

 

From Scotland to Cornwall, Britain is full of customs and traditions. A

lot of them have very long histories. Some are funny and some are

strange. But they are all interesting. There is the long menu of

traditional British food. There are many royal occasions. There are

songs, saying and superstitions. They are all part of the British way of

life.

 

You cannot really imagine Britain without all its traditions, this

integral feature of social and private life of the people living on the

British Isles that has always been an important part of their life and

work.

 

English traditions can classified into several groups: traditions

concerning the Englishmens private life (childs birth, wedding,

marriage, wedding anniversary); which are connected with families

incomes; state traditions; national holidays, religious holidays, public

festival, traditional ceremonies.

 

What about royal traditions? There are numerous royal traditions in

Britain, some are ancient, others are modern.

 

The Queen is the only person in Britain with two birthdays. Her real

birthday is on April 21st, but she has an official birthday, too. That

is on the second Saturday in June. And on the Queens official birthday,

there is a traditional ceremony called the Trooping of the Colour. It is

a big parade with brass bands and hundreds of soldiers at Horse Guards

Parade in London. A regiment of the Queens soldiers, the Guards,

march in front of her. At the front of the parade there is the

regiments flag or colour. Thousands of Londoners and visitors watch

in Horse Guards Parade. And millions of people at home watch it on

television. This custom is not very old, but it is for very old people.

On his or her one hundredth birthday, a British person gets a telegram

with congratulations from the Queen.

 

The changing of the Guard happens every day at Buckingham Palace, the

Queens home in London. The ceremony always attracts a lot of spectators

Londoners as well as visitors to the British capital.

 

So soldiers stand on front of the palace. Each morning these soldiers

(the guard) change. One group leaves and another arrives. In summer

and winter tourists stand outside the palace at 11:30 every morning and

watch the Changing of the Guard.

 

Traditionally the Queen opens Parliament every autumn. But Parliament,

not the Royal Family, controls modern Britain. The Queen travels from

Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament in a gold carriage the

Irish State Coach. At the Houses of Parliament the Queen sits on a

throne in the House of Lords. Then she reads the Queens Speech. At

the State Opening of Parliament the Queen wears a crown. She wears other

jewels from the Crown Jewels, too.

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