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In the World of British Customs and Traditions

A good start to gaining some understanding of the lives of people living in a country is to look at their cherished customs and traditions. They illustrate not only what is important to the people living there, but also how they relax and have fun.

It is not a secret that every nation and every country has its own customs and traditions. British nation is considered to be the most conservative in Europe. In Great Britain people value traditions and customs more than in any other European country. The British are proud of their traditions and carefully keep them up.

Britain is full of culture and traditions which have been around for hundreds of years. British customs and traditions are famous all over the world. When people think of Britain they often think of people drinking tea, eating fish and chips and wearing bowler hats, but there is more to Britain than just those things.

Some British traditions are royal, such as the Ceremony of the Keys, Swan Upping, the Trooping of the Colour that happens on the Queen’s official birthday and Maundy Thursday. 

Bagpipe music is the most unusual alarm clock, isn’t it? If you are  tired of waking up to the sound of your alarm clock, learn about the morning custom of the Queen. 

The Tower of London is a must-see with its old legends and the ravens carefully kept by the Yeomen Warders. It would be great to make a selfie with a Beefeater! 

Besides the most famous royal customs and traditions, there are others, less known, which can be surprising, amazing, funny and even silly or dangerous, but I think they deserve a special focus…

A long time ago the year was marked out with special days which marked the passing year. These were days of celebrations where people would do things, eat things or make things which they would not normally do. Cheese rolling, Nettle Eating, Toe Wrestling, The world Gurning championship, Bog Snorkelling are just a few of the strange, bizarre, wacky, eccentric and even mad festivals still taking place in Britain today.

It is really great to paricipate in British ceremonies, festivals and celebrations, to visit famous places and learn more about Britain’s history and culture!

Learn more about almost forgotten customs, traditions, superstitions, legends and pastimes from Britain’s folk history here https://www.projectbritain.com/traditions.html

 and check your knowledge with the quiz https://forms.gle/Hb8spFhXtWPJoaTp6

Olga Borovtsova, a teacher of English


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