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CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS Typical British and Irish Festivals WARM-UP Qual è la tua festività preferita? Come trascorri la giornata? Quali sono i piatti tipici? Scrivi un breve resoconto, poi leggilo alla classe. WRITING SPEAKING 16 There is so much to do and see in the UK! Beautiful old castles, mysterious places, interesting museums and amazing parks. But there is something else that attracts tourists too: typical annual festivals where people have fun and get the real taste of British traditions, though some of them were inspired by other cultures. Bonfire night On November 5th people across the UK light bonfires, let off fireworks and burn effigies made of old cloths of a man named Guy Fawkes. That day is the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot which took place in 1605, a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London by a group of Catholics who 1 40 READING wanted to kill the King, James I. Guy Fawkes was the leader of the group. The fireworks used in the celebration symbolise the gunpowder of the attack. Typical sweet food for that night is hot chocolate fudge cake and toffee apples. St Patrick s Day St Patrick s Day is an Irish festival celebrated on 17th March in honour of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who brought Christianity to the country and who died on 17th March 461. The most famous legend about Saint Patrick is that he sent the snakes away from Ireland. St Patrick s Day is celebrated with parades, traditional food like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd s pie, Irish music, dancing, and Guinness beer. Everything is green to recall the Emerald Isle. Scegli l opzione corretta. 1. When does Bonfire Night take place? a. On 17th March. b. At the end of August. c. On 5th November. 3. What does St Patrick's day celebrate? a. Saint Patrick s birth. b. Christianity in Ireland. c. Saint Patrick s death. 2. What do fireworks symbolise on the Bonfire Night? a. The gunpowder. b. The death of the King James I. c. The birth of the King James I. 4. What is Notting Hill? a. A district of west London. b. A Caribbean Island. c. A district of east London.

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