Otázka: Holidays in the world
Each country has their own special days which they celebrate . Some countries have the same holiday but the celebration has a different form. I think Christmas is the most important holiday an almost globally celebrated around the world.Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. A symbol of Christmas is the Christmas tree, which is decorated with lights chains and decorations.People decorate their homes and around their houses.
The Christmas symbol in the Czech Republic is Christmas sweets that people make at home alone. The celebration culminates with Christmas dinner , then singing carols and unwrapping presents. Most religious people visit church for midnight mass. Christmas dinner consists of fish soup, fried carp and potato salad.Christmas holidays are three days. Most people spend Christmas Day with their own family without grandparents ,uncles, aunts and cousins. On other days, they visit other family members
The Christmas symbol in the USA is Santa Claus, a Christmas tree, light chains and decorations Christmas holidays are three days. Christmas culminates with unwrapping presents on the twenty-fifth of December in the morning then lunch. In a large area of in the USA, Christmas is an opportunity to meet with the entire family. Families must travel a long distance for Christmas to celebrate in a big family circle. A festive dinner is consists of roast turkey with stuffing, corn ,pumpkins,beans and potatoes.
Great Britain celebrates as in the USA, but the symbol of Christmas is Father Christmas.
Another holiday which is celebrated all around the world is Easter. Easter was originally a celebration of spring and fertility. Christians are reminded of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The date of Easter is different every year. Holidays are celebrated on the first Sunday after the spring full moon . The symbol of Easter is an egg that symbolizes beginning of life. The egg are colored and decorated with Easters motifs. Lamb is a Jewish tradition which symbolizes God´s flock that lead the Lord. Easter cakes are baked and shaped of in the form of a lamb.
In the Czech Republic, the holidays culminated on Monday, when men and boys walk around the neighborhood and beat women and girls with Easter Caroling wicker and say Easter carols . As a reward, the receive painted eggs and a colored ribbon . Ribbons have a different color , each color represents something different .
Red – love and affection
Blue – hope for something more
Yellow – rejection
Green – sympathy and popularity .
Girls and women can pour water or perfume on the men and boys after lunch. Traditional lunch is chicken with stuffing. The presented eggs are made from egg spread .
Celebrations in the UK are different. The symbol is an egg too. The whole family meets and divides the chocolate egg with each other. Everyone has a taste of chocolate , tradition means a community of family and close family ties . The holiday culminates on Sunday. Adults hide eggs in the house and in the garden and children look for eggs on Sunday morning. Kids think that eggs are hidden by the Easter Bunny .Traditional food is lamb.
Easter in the USA is the same as in the UK . The difference is the meal when baked ham , potatoes and vegetables are servered.
Halloween X Souls
The same holiday which is celebrated around the world is a Christian holiday when we remember the dead. They have a name for Halloween or All Souls’ Day
In the Czech Republic and England, the holiday is celebrated as well. Families visit cemeteries where they lay candles and flowers. The holiday is celebrated on the first of November.
The USA celebrates on October 31. Children dress up in scary costumes and go around the neighborhood. Kids say „ trick or treat“and receive candy as a reward. The traditional symbol of the holiday is the pumpkin, which a candle in inserted into .
Another holiday which has spread to more countries is Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on February 14 . The holiday is celebrated in English-speaking countries. The Czech Republic doesn´t have a long tradition , it is celebrated by the younger generation. Previously amorousness was celebrated in May. The patron of the holiday is the priest Valentine, who amorousness indulged secretly. They give presents for example a red heart or valentine wishes.
In USA there are other public holidays
Thanksgiving is a North American holiday. It is celebrated in the period of the harvest festival . The holiday celebrates a big harvest . It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November . The whole family meets and celebrates together .The traditional food is a good roasted turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce. The second day is Black Friday. On Black Fridays are a big discounts in the stores.
Independence Day It is the biggest national holiday . The holiday is celebrated on the fourth of July . The holiday symbolizes the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. People organize picnics , parades, the at American flag hangs at every house and there are a lot of fireworks in the evening.
Martin Luther King Day. It is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Martin Luther King pushed for racial equality in America. Americans do volunteer work and the day is known as a date of service to others.
Memorial Day It is celebrated on the last Monday in May. Americans remember victims who died in the war.
Other holidays in the UK
There are more public holidays in Great Britain. Some holidays are celebrated in Northern Ireland , which belongs to Great Britain. Holidays are called bank holidays . St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland on the 17th of March. St. Patrick spread education and helped establish the Christian faith . The symbols of the celebration are the color green and shamrock, which represents the Holy Trinity. Irish people celebrate with music , parades and the color green is everywhere.
The holidays are a reminder of important days in our history. The holidays previously celebrated parades and posting flags. Nowadays, the holidays are used as free days or to hold demonstrations where people want to highlight on the problems.
Holiday work – first May
Day when the 2nd World War was ended – 8th May
Day when Prince Wenceslas was murdered 28th September
Day when the Czechoslovak state was formed 28th October
Day when Freedom and Democracy were fought for 17th November
The holidays which are Christian. The Christians go to mass.
Remembrance of the coming of Christianity in Great Moravia, Cyril and Methodius 5th July
Remembrance day when champion Jana Huse was burned 6th July