Presentation on theme: "Holidays, Festivals and Celebrations in the USA and UK"— Presentation transcript:
1Holidays, Festivals and Celebrations in the USA and UK
2January 1The speech of the queen for the Commonwealth of Nations
3Saint Valentine‘s Day February 14 Saint Valentine- the priest who used to wed people despite the fact that it was forbidden. He died around a year 269 as a martyr.Celebrating- sending cards, flowers and gifts, going out with our love ones
4Easter The first Sunday after the first fullmoon in spring Celebration of Jesus Christ coming back to life( Jesus Christ‘s resurrection from the dead)Week before christmas = Holy week- Mardi Gras, Maundy Thursady, Good FridayOrigin in Pagan Festival
5Easter The way of celebrating: going to church activities for children decorating the housecolouring eggsSymbols : baby animalsspring flowers- Tulips, Daffodilseggscandies, chocolatetrees, flowers that start to blossom
6St. Patrick‘s Day March 17 Saint Patrick- the patron saint of Ireland - he is said to have brought Christianity to IrelandStories- Driving snakes from the Ireland- Being carried off by the pirates and spending six years in slavery
7St. Patrick‘s Day Symbols: drinking Guiness( national Irish dark beer) wearing green,colouring rivers,beers,..shamrocksThe way of celebrating: parades,..
8Queen's Official Birthday There is a selected day on which the birthday of the monarch of the Commonwealth of Nations is officially celebrated.Around the end of May or the start of JuneThe first birthady of the sovereign was officially marked in the UK in 1748.
9Queen's Official Birthday The Queen's Official Birthday is now celebrated on the first or the second Saturday in June.The way of celebrating: Not a day off, but it is a National Day of the UK-Trooping the colour
10Halloween October 31 The way of celebrating: trick or treat decorating houses,..costume partySymbols: scary figures,jack-o-lantern, pumpkins, bats, spiders,black cats, candies,
11Guy Fawkes Day= Bonfire Night November 5The celebration of the discovery of a plot organised by the Catholics to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605.It also celebrates the fact that the King James I survived the plot.Guy Fawkes was guarding the explosives druring the plot and he was punished for that.
12Guy Fawkes DayThe way of celebrating: Bonfires,parades, fireworks
13Remembrance Day November 11 During this festival people wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrifised their lifes for us during wars.
14Christmas December 25 The celebration of Jesus Christ‘s birth Although many aspects of this holiday have pagan origins
15ChristmasThe way of celebrating: finding gifts in a stocking and under the christmas tree- decorating houses, garden, streets, supermarkets, roofs- singing Christmas carols- Christmas dinner- lightening candels,lights- kissing under the mistletoe bushes
16Christmas Symbols: Father Christmas berries and leaves from holy trees Christmas treecandles, small lightsmistletoe bushes, holy trees, pine treespresents, stockingrobin the red breast
17New Year‘s Eve Big celebrations, parties Midnight firework Family reunions- playing games- watching TV
19May 1After the national convention, which was held in Chicago in 1886, eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labor.That day more than 300,000 workers across the US walked off their jobs.This day is supposed to be an International Worker's Day
20May 1 Nowadays this day is for most people a day of romance and love. The way of celebrating in UK: Morris dancing-crowning a May Queen- Maypole
21The Independance Day July 4 Federal holiday in the USA Celebration of the acceptance of the Declaration of Independence in 1776The way of celebrating: fireworks,carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions,Decorations: the colours of the American flag
22Thanksgiving The fourth Thursday of November The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest.The feast lasted 3 days and there were 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims together.
23Thanksgiving The way of celebrating nowadays: - Family reunion and Feasting- Parades- Football GamesFood: TurkeyCranberry saucePumpkin pieCorns
24Veteran‘s Day November 11 This day honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans.