13 02, 2018

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday

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Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras (which is French for "Fat Tuesday"), is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday is observed mainly in English speaking countries, especially Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, but also

13 02, 2018

Shrovetide in Ukraine

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Shrovetide is a traditional holiday for Slavic countries. Roots of Shrovetide in Ukraine have been coming from an ancient pagan holiday of seeing-off winter. This holiday coincided with the last week before the Great Lent. Shrovetide united Christian and pagan traditions. Traditionally in Ukraine, Shrovetide is celebrated for the whole week. Many people associate this holiday

7 02, 2018

St. Valentine’s Day in the USA

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Read and speak about American traditions to celebrate St. Valentine's Day.                          Festival of Romance and Affection Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14th as a festival of romance and affection.  People send greeting cards called "valentines" to their friends, sweethearts, and members of their

6 02, 2018

Valentine’s Day in English-Speaking Countries

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Speak about Valentine's Day celebration in English-speaking countries. Here is a sample. I'd like to speak about St. Valentine's Day which is celebrated on February 14 as a festival of romance and affection in English-speaking countries. It is a day for sweethearts. St. Valentine's Day has ancient roots. People send greeting cards called "valentines" to

2 02, 2018

Groundhog Day

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Groundhog Day is celebrated on the second of February. Groundhog Day is a popular observance in many parts of the United States. Although some states have in some cases adopted their own groundhogs, the official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, lives at Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The town has attracted thousands of visitors over the years

18 01, 2018

Epiphany, the Last Christmas Holiday

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January 19th - Baptism of our Lord (Epiphany) The Feast of Epiphany, which is observed on January 19 according to the Julian Calendar (January 6 according to the Gregorian Calendar), completes the cycle of Christmas holidays. The feast commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River during which Christ declared Himself as the

15 01, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr., a Leader of the Human Rights Movement On January 15th, people in the United States celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was a great civil rights leader who fought against racial discrimination.  He said that people should be judged by their character, and not the color of their

8 01, 2018

Christmas in Ukraine

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Ukraine celebrates Christmas on January 6 and 7, according to the Julian calendar. While the women of the household are busy preparing the multicourse meal (sometimes as many as 12 to 13 courses, representing the apostles and Christ) that varies from family to family and region to region, the children are assigned the task of

7 01, 2018

Christmas in Great Britain

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Have practice to speak about one of the greatest holidays in Great Britain. Christmas in Great Britain People in Great Britain celebrate Christmas on the twenty-fifth of December. It is a very happy holiday. Before Christmas the English people are busy. They send greeting cards to their relatives and friends. They buy presents and a

11 12, 2017

St. Andrew’s Day in Ukraine: Vechornytsy

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St. Andrew's Day is celebrated in Ukraine on December 13. Ancient Christian legend says that Apostle Andrew came to Ukrainian land in the first century A.D. to preach Christianity. He predicted that a magnificent city would appear here. He put a cross on the hill and later on people built a church on that spot. Kyiv appeared on