Реферат: British traditional holidays

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<span Times NR Cyr MT",«serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Great Britain is famous for its old traditions. Someof them existed in ancient times and survived through centuries. Some of themappeared when Christianity came to British isles. Speaking about religiousholidays one can’t but mention Easter, Pancake Day and Mother’s Day. The datesof these holidays aren’t strict, they depend on the date of Easter, that variesevery year.

<span Times NR Cyr MT",«serif»;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">          Pancake day is the popular name forthe Shrove Tuesday, the day before the first day of Lent. In the middle agespeople on that day

<span Times NR Cyr MT",«serif»"> <span Times NR Cyr MT",«serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">made merry and ate pancakes. The ingredients ofpancakes are all forbidden by Church during Lent, that is why they have to beused the day before. The most common form of celebrating  this day in the old times was the all townball game or tug-of-war, in which  everyonewas tearing here and there, trying to get the ball or rope into their part ofthe city. Today the only custom, that is observed throughout Britain is pancakeeating.

<span Times NR Cyr MT",«serif»;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">          For the English people the best-knownname for the fourth in Lent Sunday is Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day. For 3 centuries this day has been aday of small family gatherings when absent sons and daughters return to theirhomes. Gifts are made to mothers by children of all ages. Flowers and cakes arestill traditional gifts. Violets and primroses are most popular flowers.Sometimes the whole family goes to church and then there is a special dinner atwhich roast lamb, rice-pudding and home-made wines and served.

<span Times NR Cyr MT",«serif»;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">          Easter is one of the most importantholidays in Christianity. In England it’s a time for giving and receivingpresents, mostly Easter eggs. We can say that the egg is the most popularemblem of Easter, but spring-time flowers are also used to stress the nature’sawakening. Nowadays there are a lot of chocolate Easter eggs, having some smallgifts inside. But a real hard-boiled egg, decorated and painted in brightcolours, still appears on breakfast tables on Ester Day, or it’s hidden in thehouse or garden for children to finny. In egg that is boiled really hard willlast for years. Egg-rolling is a traditional Easter pastime. You roll the eggsdown a clope  until they are cracked and broken, after they are eaten up.

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