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British culture

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flags & symbols of the uk

geography of the uk

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celebrations in the uk

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Do the following activities to get to know the countries that make up the United Kingdom.

Do the following activities to identify the flags and national symbols of the countries that make up the United Kingdom.

Do the following activities to learn about the different celebrations that exist in the United Kingdom.

Watch the video carefully and answer the questions. *If you want, you can take notes.

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geography of the UK

Match the capitals and oceans that surround the United Kingdom with the corresponding area.

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Geography of the uk

Do the word search about the capitals and oceans around the United Kingdom.

geography of the uk

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First, watch the video about the Union Jack and analyze it.

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flag and symbols of the uk

Now, place the name of the symbols and flags of the UK in the corresponding place.

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Flags and symbols of the UK

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Flags and symbols of the UK

Finally, answer the following questions based on what you learned from the video.

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Flags and symbols of the UK

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Boxing Day

St. George's Day

Hogmanay

Guys Fawkes Day

Summer Solstice

St. David's Day

St. Andrew's Day

St. Patrick's Day

Harvest Festival

Holidays and Celebrations in the uk

First, click on the boxes and find out what each holiday consists of.

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Now, rearrange the words of the sentences about the celebrations that take place in the United Kingdom.

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british Holidays and Celebrations

Finally, do the crossword about holidays and celebrations in the UK.

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holidays and celebrations in the uk

  • It's celebrated on April 23 every year. This is the date when Saint George died.
  • Every year in Cardiff there is the National St David’s Day parade.
  • Performers range from local school children, who usually wear traditional Welsh clothing, to theatre groups and dragons.
  • The symbol of St George (a flag with a red and white cross) and a red rose can be seen everywhere, as well as people flooding the street, local pubs, and Church services.

St. George's Day

  • Traditionally, it is celebrated on December 26, the day after Christmas.
  • It's about giving gifts to friends and neighbors.
  • The main thing people do to celebrate is to tip any service workers who have worked for them throughout the year such as postal workers, the paper boy, the milkman, and doormen.
  • It is also the feast day of Saint Stephen, the patron saint of horses. Gradually, celebrations of the two holidays merged, so Boxing Day is now a day of sporting events, including horse races.

Boxing Day

  • Celebrated every year on 1 March, the traditional death date and feast day of Saint David.
  • It's celebrated all over Wales, with many towns hosting parades and concerts.
  • People often pin the two national symbols of Wales, the daffodil and the leek, to their clothes on this day.

St. David's Day

  • It's celebrated on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This is usually in September, although in some years it is October.
  • It's a celebration of the food that is grown on the land.
  • It's also an opportunity to show gratitude for all the good and positive things that happen, such as family, friends and relationships.
  • People enjoy singing, praying, listening to stories and decorating the church.

Harvest Festival

  • It's the Scottish celebration of the last day of the year (New Year’s Eve).
  • It lasts until 2nd January as a national Bank Holiday.
  • One of their traditions is "first footing", which is when you visit friends or family immediately after midnight in order to become the first person to visit them and go into their house in the new year.

Hogmanay

  • It marks the end of spring and the start of summer and is the longest day of the year.
  • It is usually on June 21.
  • People often visit the Stonehenge on this day to observe the solstice.

Summer Solstice

  • Scotland's national holiday is called St Andrew's Day, and it commemorates Saint Andrew.
  • It's celebrated every year on the 30th of November.
  • It's about celebrating Scottish traditions, food, music and dance, and of course, bringing people together for a jolly evening or weekend.
  • It's common to attend dinners and eat traditional Scottish dishes like cullen skink, haggis, neeps and tatties, cranachan or sticky toffee pudding.

St. Andrew's Day

  • It takes place on the 5th of November.
  • It celebrates the failure of a plot against the English government in 1605. In fact, several people, including a man named Guy Fawkes planned this.
  • It's celebrated with feasts, bonfires, and fireworks. Straw men designed to look like Guy Fawkes, called “guys,” are often burned as well. Children often make their own guys and then take them around their neighborhoods asking for “a penny for the guy,” or a small bit of money that is supposed to help pay for the big party.

Guy Fawkes Day

  • Observed every March 17.
  • The holiday honors Saint Patrick, the man who brought Christianity to Ireland.
  • It is a national holiday in Ireland.
  • People wear green clothing or shamrocks (three-leafed clovers).
  • Some people eat certain foods, including corned beef and cabbage.

St. Patrick's Day