12 Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in November, but many Americans take a day of vacation on the following Friday to make a four-day weekend, during which they often travel long distances to visit family and friends. The holiday dates back to 1621, the year after the Puritans arrived in Massachusetts. 13 St Andrew’s day is Scotland’s official national day. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew’s Day as an official bank holiday. It is also a national holiday in Romania. In Scotland and many countries with Scottish connections, St Andrew’s Day is marked with a celebration of Scottish culture with traditional Scottish food, music and dance.
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12 Discuss these questions.
14 Boxing Day is the day after Christmas day. It is a bank holiday in the UK. There are a few theories as to why it’s called ‘Boxing Day’ but no one is completely sure: * In Britain ‘Christmas Box’ was a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was a day off for servants when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. * A box to collect money for the poor was placed in churches on Christmas day. The money was a bonfire: a large open-air fire used for burning distributed the next day. ‘Boxing Day’ could rubbish or as part of a celebration have been named after this custom. a pagan: a person holding religious beliefs other Today there are no traditional Boxing Day than those of the main world religions customs. Most people spend the day eating patriotic: loving your country the Christmas leftovers and maybe going for a a shamrock: a very small plant with 3 leaves walk or visiting friends and family.
a Which cultural dates do you celebrate?
b Which cultural events are there in your country? c Which cultural event is your favourite?
13 Describe 5 dates that are important to you.
a Preparation: think about 5 different dates that are important to you and the reasons why they are so important. Write keywords. Make sure to include 2 cultural events.
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A DAY TO REMEMBER