WHAT ARE THEIR TRADITIONS?
Some English customs and traditions are famous all over the world. Tea and talking about the weather, for example. England is a land rich with traditions ranging from wassailing to special holiday events and superstitions.
In Great Britain there is no written constitution, only customs, traditions and precedents. Traditionally the Queen reigns but does not rule.
English people have traditions not only in political, but in social life. They like to spend their free time in pubs where they can have a glass of beer and talk about different things with their friends.
A typical feature of an English house is a fireplace, even when there is central heating in the house. Many families have pets — a dog, a cat or a bird.
Politeness is a characteristic feature of English people. They often say "Thank you", "Sorry", "Beg your pardon".
Many Australians come together on St Patrick’s Day to celebrate Irish culture and remember St Patrick. Some organizations hold St Patrick’s Day breakfasts and lunches where lucky draw prizes are given and Irish food and drinks are served. On St Patrick’s Day parades people wear traditional Irish costumes or dress in green.
Many families prepare their homes for Easter Sunday by doing "spring cleaning" to prepare the house for blessing by the local priest which is a religious ceremony that dates back hundreds of years.
Canadian culture reflects a heavy influence of British, American and Aboriginal culture and traditions. For example, according to Canadian prairie etiquette, if a neighbor brings you a plate of food, you must return the plate dirty; washing it will bring bad luck.
Church weddings are the most traditional marriage celebrations in New Zealand. According to custom, the groom should not see the bride before she joins him at the front of the church on their wedding day. The Maori wedding ceremony is conducted by a tribal elder and the couple is blessed in the Maori language. Wedding rings made of carved bone are also popular amongst those wishing to include the ancient culture in their wedding.