Study Cards on holiday, holidays, christmas
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 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.
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 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.
Ireland but St. David’s Day (1 March) is not a public holiday in Wales?
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.
2. Activity holidays (like Murder mystery weekend)
3. Working holiday
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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