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Study Cards on holiday, holidays, christmas

What are bank holidays? Mention a few of them.
A bank holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, some commonwealth countries, some European countries and a colloquialism for a public holiday in Ireland. Some bank holidays are easter Monday, whit Monday, boxing day, new years day, good Friday

What are the Blackpool illuminations?

It is an annual lights festival heald each autumn in the English seaside resort of Blackpool. There are forty large tableaux illuminated along the promenades of Blackpool and people walk by them or drive by in a car, bus, tram or even horse drawn carriage.


What is a Blanc holiday?
a public holiday during the year
A typically British Christmas tradition is the pantomime. What does it involve?
Pantomime (informally panto) is a type of musical comedy stage production designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is still preformed throughout the United Kingdom during the Christmas and New years season

What are Butlin's and Pontin's?

They are well-known companies in Britain, which owned self-contained villages with holiday chalets. In the 1950s and 1960s it was very popular to go on a holiday camp. People would stay in such a village and have all their food and entertainment organized for them.

Why is Hogmanay such a special occasion in Scotland?
Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year in the Scottish manner. The origins of Hogmanay are unclear, but may be derived from Norse and Gaelic observances. Customs vary throughout Scotland, and usually include gift-giving and visiting the homes of friends and neighbours with special attention given to the first-foot, the first guest of the new year.

What is a package holiday?

It is a holiday in which flight and accomodation are booked and payed for through a travel agent. These holidays are often booked a long time in advance, like in winter when TV programmes give information about the packages being offered. Spain is by far the most popular destination for this kind of holiday.

What is the historical background of Guy Fawkes’ Day (5 November) and Orangeman’s Day (12 July)?
Guy Fawkes also known as Guido Fawkas, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed gunpowder plot of 1605. The Twelft also called orangemen’s day is an Ulster Protestant celebration. It originated during the late 18th century in Ulster. It celebrated the Glorious Revolution (1688) and victory of Protestant king William of Orange over Catholic King James the second at the battle of the Boyne (1690)

What are hiking and pot-holing?

Hiking is walking in the country for a couple of days and staying at a youth hostel, as a short holiday. Potholing is the recreational pastime of exploring wild (generally non-commercial) cave systems. The challenges involved depend on the cave being visited, but often include the negitiation of pitches, squeezes and water.

Can you guess why St. Patrick’s Day (17 March) is a public holiday in Northern
Ireland but St. David’s Day (1 March) is not a public holiday in Wales?
Saint’s Days are Catholic celebrations and because Wales is not a Catholic country St. David’s day is not celebrated
What happens on Remembrance Day (second Sunday of November)?
Is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the first world war to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

What is 'to see in' the New Year? And 'first footing' ?

'To see in' the New Year means  people attend a party  with friends at New Years Eve to celebrate the beginning of the new year together, often drinking a large amount of alcohol as they do so. First footing is a custom which originated in Scotland, whereby  the first person to visit a house in the new year is supposed to bring tokens of certain important  items for survival (such as a lump of coal for the fire)


What is a Christmas pantomime or 'panto' ?

It is a very popular theatre production, staged in hundreds of theatres all over the country and especially designed to appeal to young children. It usually involves the acting out of a well-known folk tale with plenty of opportunity for  audience participation. There are certain established conventions of panto: there is always a principal boy (the young hero), played by a woman and a 'dame'' (older female character) played by a man. Often these roles are taken by TV or sports celebrities.


Name the traditional foods that are assosciated with Shrove Tuesday (1), Christmas (4), Easter (2).

Shrove Tuesday: pancakes

Christmas: Stuffed roast turkey, roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding

Easter: Chocolate Easter Eggs and hot cross buns.


What are bank holidays?

They are public holidays on which banks are closed and many people get a day off from work, (or extra pay when they do work). Many large shops open on bank holidays because people have time to go shopping.

Name 2 kinds of working holidays
helping to repair or dig up ancient things
Name 3 popular types of modern holiday (next to the beach holiday)
1. Hiking in the country (and sleeping in youth hostels)
2. Activity holidays (like Murder mystery weekend)
3. Working holiday
When do the British take down their Christmas decorations?
On the 12th day of Christmas, also known as the feast of epiphany on the 6th of January,
What is Hogmanay? And name 2 customs.
The Scottish equivalent of New Year.
1. Singing of "Auld Lang Syne"
2. First Footing
(first person to visit a house in the new year brings a token of certain important items for survival)
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