January • New Year’s Day (Jan 1)-the beginning of the new year. People make resolutions. • Twelfth Night (Jan 6)-a party after the Christmas break and before the return to work in the fields.
Crufts Dog Show • In February. • Valuable dogs from all over the world compete in Birmingham. • The best dog gets the title Crufts Supreme Champion.
Saint Valentine’s Day • February 14 • Was started in the time of Roman Empire. • Is dedicated to St. Valentine. • People send a card to someone they love, like, fancy or admire.
The Boat Race • In March • A rowing race between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. • On the river Thames in London (7,2 km).
Pancake Day • In March • The last day before Lent. • Pancake race-running while holding a pancake in a frying pan. Competitors have to throw it in the air and catch it again in the pan.
April Fool’s Day • April 1 • A day of practical jokes. • You have to play the joke before 12 o’clock midday, otherwise the joke is on you.
Good Friday • The Friday before Easter. • The church marks the death of Christ. • British usually eat hot-cross buns, which are marked on top with cross.
Easter • In April. • The celebration of the Resurrection of Christ • Schools are closed for two weeks. • People give each other chocolate eggs that are wrapped in silver paper.
The London Marathon • One of the biggest marathons in the world. • Each year about 30,000 people start the race and about 25,000 finish. • Raise money for charity.
May Day • May 1 • A pagan festival to celebrate the end of winter and welcome summer. • Children dance around the maypole and sing songs.
Chelsea Flower Show • In May • Britain’s most important flower and garden show. • Thousands of people come to see the prize flowers and specially built gardens.
Midsummer Day • June 24 • Summer solstice. • People stay up until midnight to welcome in midsummer day. • When the fires die down, men run or jump through it to bring good luck.
Trooping The Colour • The second Saturday in June. • Celebrates the Queen’s official birthday. • Lots of marching, military music and the soldiers are dressed in colourful uniforms.
Saint Swithin’s Day • July 15 • Saint Swithin was England’s Bishop of Winchester. • 40 days of bad weather will follow if it rains on this day.
Wimbledon • The last week of July and the first week of June. • At Wimbledon in South-West London. • One of the four great world tennis championships and the only one which is played on grass.
Notting Hill Carnival • The last weekend in August. • Takes place in Notting Hill. • People dress up in fabulous costumes. • Steel bands play African and Caribbean music.
Harvest Festivals • In September. • A Christian festival. • It was held to say thank you to God for a good harvest. • Churches are decorated with fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Halloween • October 31 • A pagan festival celebrates the return of the souls that visit their former houses. • People dress up as witches, ghosts etc. • Houses are decorated with pumpkins.
Guy Fawke’s Night • November 5 • He was a terrorist. • The day marks the discovery of a plot to blow up Parliament in 1605. • People make models of him and burn them on big bonfires.
Christmas Day • December 25 • Religious ceremony commemorating the birth of Christ. • Children wake up early to find presents in their stockings. • Traditional Christmas tree and dinner.
Boxing Day • December 26 • It is usually spent in front of the TV, recovering from Christmas Day. • Servants go from house to house with collecting boxes.
New Year’s Eve • December 31 • Traditionally Scottish celebration. • At midnight everybody joins hands and sings Auld Lang Syne.