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Nowhere else in Britain is the arrival of the New Year celebrated so wholeheartedly as in Scotland. It is much more important festival there than in any part of Britain and it has a special name – Hogmanay.
Valentine`s Day is a day to share loving feelings with friends and family. It is also known as a holiday honouring lovers. Long before February 14 shops come to life with displays of attractive and brightly coloured “I love you” Valentine cards.
April 1 is a day when one can light-heartedly make fool of any person, young or old, important or otherwise, a friend, a colleague, a family member. Many people like to play jokes or tricks on this day.
Christmas Day, December 25 is probably the most beloved, the most exiting and the most important holiday in Britain. Christmas is a festival when both children and adults are filled with anticipation and excitement.
In Britain, as well as in many other countries, Easter is annual Christian festival in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is observed on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or next after March 21, the day of the spring equinox.
Hallowe`en meaning “holy evening” is a popular tradition celebrated on October 31, on the eve of All Saints` Day which is marked on November 1. It is time for games, fun and fortune telling, for ghost stories and making mischief.
It is one of the most popular festivals celebrated on November 5 for four centuries already. It commemorates the discovery of Gunpowder plot which prevented blowing up the Houses of Parliament.
Remembrance Day is observed throughout Britain in commemoration of the million or more British soldiers, sailors and airmen who lost their lives during the two World Wars. In is celebrated on the second Sunday in November.
It is one of the most magnificent military ceremonies in Britain. It is held annually on the reigning monarch`s “official” birthday, which is the second Saturday in June.
The spectacular ceremony of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace attracts numerous spectators from the country and tourists from different parts of the world. The Guard is changed at 11.30 a.m. daily.
Every night at 9.53 p.m. the Chief Warder of the Yeomen Warders (Beefeaters) of the Tower of London lights a candle lantern and then makes his way towards the Bloody Tower. In the Archway his Escort waits his arrival. The Chief Warder, carrying the keys, then moves off with his Escort to the West Gate, which he locks, while the Escort “presents arms”. Then the Middle and Byward Towers are locked.
The ceremony is the gesture of pride in the City`s history and strength as a world commercial centre. The ceremony seems still more bright and colourful because it is always held on the second Saturday in November when the city is often wrapped in mist or rain.
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the day before Lent starts. Lent is a Christian fast, which lasts for 40 days before Easter.
Данная презентация представляет собой обзор современных и исторических праздников и церемоний, отмечаемых в Соединенном Королевстве, таких как Шотландский Новый Год, День Святого Валентина, День Гая Фокса, Церемония передачи ключей и др.
В презентации использованы красочные фотографии празднований и церемоний, а также некоторых атрибутов праздников (открытки, элементы декора помещений и т.д.). Весь наглядный материал сопровождается короткими текстами на английском языке, в которых дано описание этих праздников и церемоний.
Данная презентация может быть использована на уроках английского языка, на внеклассных мероприятиях, при организации викторин и конкурсов по английскому языку.
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