An unusual holidayPair work. Look at these unusual holidays. Then ask and answer the questions below with a partner.
Questions:Which one (s) would you like to celebrate? Why?What do you think happens on each day?
The festival of lights
Diwali brings lights, fireworks and a lot of sweets
Celeberating triumph of Good over Evil
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of holy month of RamadanPrayers are offered in mosques for the well being of everyone
Brazil: Mardis GrasThe carnival is held 4 days before Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent, A period of fasting.It probably has its origin in an older pre-christian Roman Festival Saturnalia.It is celebrated by street parties, processions, and dancing the Samba
Bunyol (Valencia, Spain)On the 27th of August at 11am for 2 hours there is La Tomatina.About 1.25,000 Kg of ripe tomatoes are thrown by the people at each other.The tomatoes must first be squashed to avoid injury.
Sonkajrvi, Finland Contestants must carry their wife 253.5 m over sand, grass and asphalt. during the annual county fair of the town. Dropping your wife incurs a penalty of 15 seconds. If you manage to be the first to the finish line, you get the prize: the weight of the lady in beer!
Korea Mud FestivalMud baths are the main highlight of the Poryong Mud Festival. The festival also includes other interesting competitions: mud massages, a mud sculpture, a mud beauty and mud body painting contests.
Munich, BavariaThe Oktoberfest starting end September lasts 12 days. It is a beer festival. It attracts 6,000,000 visitors to Munich.The women dress in grindl, and the men in lederhosen.
The Outback RegattaAlice Springs, in the dry centre of Australia is 1500km from the nearest water. Now the scene for the yearly Henley-on-Todd Regatta, where "boat races" are held with bottomless boats, held up by the contestants who have to run through the dry riverbed. But if it rains and there is water in the river, the boat race has to be cancelled!
San Fermin, PamplonaThe fiestas of San Fermin are celebrated every year from the 6th to the 14th of July. At midday every 6 th July, the Fiesta takes off with a bang. A rocket is launched into the sky. There is the running of the bulls through the streets of the old city to the bull ring.
London, Trooping of the ColourThe Trooping the Colour dates back to the 17th. Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. In London, the Foot Guards used to do this from 1755 onwards as part of their daily Guard Mounting. In 1805 the parade was for the first time carried out to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday. It takes place in June each year to celebrate the official Birthday of the Sovereign and is carried out the Household Division with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute.
Hogmanay is the name Scots give to the 31st December when the bringing in of the New Year is celebrated.Neerday is New Years Day when families get together for a meal (usually a steak pie ) and recover from Hogmanay
Festival 'shici-go-san' in Heian Shrine, Kyoto Japanese girl hanging her New Year prophecy. Colorful procession of Festival of Ages - 'Jidai Matsuri' Festivals
Menton Lemon Festival
Memorial DayLast Monday in MayA day to remember those who died in service of their country.
Independence DayJuly 4thHappy Birthday, America!On July 4th, 1776, America claimed its independence from Britain.
Labor DayIst Monday in Sept.Holiday honoring workersThe observance includes parades and speeches reviewing labors contributions to society.
Veterans DayNovember 11thA day set aside to honor all people, living and dead who served in the armed forces.
Earth DayApril 22ndEarth Day is a special day during which people think of all of the different ways that they can help the Earth.
Presidents Day3rd Monday of FebruaryAmerica celebrate this day to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two important presidents in our countrys history.
World Hello Day
Every year, November 21 is World Hello Day.The objective is to say hello to ten people on the day. By greeting others, the message is for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.
National Ice Cream Day
National Ice Cream Eating Day would obviously be a day where everyone in the country gets free ice cream! Everyone would be off of school on this day. There would be ice cream stands set up all over town and kids would ride their bikes from stand to stand and try all of the flavors.
At the end of the day everyone able to come within the USA would gather at Queeny Park for an ice cream contest.
The winner who made the best ice cream would get a $1,000.42 cash prize. There would be a bunch of attractions at Queeny Park, it wouldn't just be a Holiday it would be a national celebration.
World Tourism Day
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
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National Men Make Dinner Day
National Men Make Dinner Day is for the manly man who is not afraid to wield a hammer, whisk, or spatula. This is a manly man's special day.
National Men Make Dinner Day
Use the questions below to invent an unusual holidayWhat is the name of the holiday?What is the date of the holiday?What is the reason for the holiday?Who celebrates it?What do people do on the holiday?Do people celebrate it at home or outside the home?What do people wear?Are there any special foods or decorations?