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Time to Celebrate!

Below is a selection of British festivals and other important days.  Read about their origins, and how we celebrate them.  Some of the sites here were made for English learners, and others are native speaker links.

Main Festivals

Try a quiz to test your knowledge of British festivals.

 

New Year's Day

1 Jan

 

Introduction and links

New Year's Parade, London

 

Valentine's Day  

14 Feb

 

Introduction and links

Learn more

Happy or sad?

 

Pancake Day

(Shrove Tuesday)

Feb or Mar, 40 days

before Easter

 

OKEY-DOKEY PANCAKE PAGE

April Fool's Day

  

1 Apr

Learn about this day

Another article

 

 

Easter

Mar or Apr

 

Introduction and links

Good Friday

Easter Sunday

Learn more

 

Halloween

 

31 Oct

OKEY-DOKEY HALLOWEEN PAGE

Bonfire Night

(Guy Fawkes' Night)

5 Nov

 

What we do on Bonfire Night

History - the Gunpowder Plot

Fun: Virtual Fireworks

Guy Fawkes Game (Flash)

Longer history - for kids - for adults

 

Remembrance Day

11 Nov

BBC website

Woodlands Junior School

Photos

 

Christmas Day  

25 Dec

Introduction and links

Christmas Traditions & Customs

Santas.net

Religious background

Christmas karaoke

 

Boxing Day

26 Dec

Introduction and links

Another article

 

New Year's Eve

31 Dec

Introduction and links

Edinburgh Hogmanay

 

 

Bank Holidays

In the UK, public holidays are called 'bank holidays'.  On these days, smaller shops, post offices, schools and of course banks will be closed, and bus and train companies will operate a reduced timetable.

 

UK Bank holidays

More information, including why they are called 'bank holidays'

 

Other Days of National Importance

 

Burns Night   

25 Jan

Scotland's national poet

More information

 

St. David's Day 

1 Mar

Introduction

Wales' patron saint

 

St. Patrick's Day

17 Mar

Ireland's patron saint

Article for English learners

More history

 

St. George's Day

23 Apr

Introduction and links

England's patron saint

 

St. Andrew's Day

25 Nov

 

Introduction

Scotland's patron saint

 

 

Mothers Day and Fathers Day

These may be on different days to your country.  Mothers Day (also called 'Mothering Sunday') is in March and Fathers Day is in June. Both are celebrated on a Sunday. Interestingly, Mothers Day is nine months after Fathers Day! 

Mothers Day

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