Holidays and celebrations

[English vocabulary lesson // lekcja słówek angielskich: święta]


Throughout the year there always seems to be some occasion to celebrate.

First of all, we've got a lot of national or religious holidays that are celebrated by local communities or whole nations. Apart from that, there are days which are significant in each person's history, like birthdays or anniversaries.

Days like Christmas or New Year are called bank holidays (= public holidays) with all the shops, businesses and banks closed. Some, like Independence Day, commemorate (= remind people of) an important historical event. Various special customs and rituals are connected with many holidays. Take Valentine's Day and the tradition of sending love letters or buying romantic gifts; or Easter, when we bless food brought to church in a basket.

I'm sure everyone has heard of world famous local celebrations like Carnival in Brazil, annual bull fights in Spain or Oktoberfest in Germany. Such days give a chance for local communities to get together (= meet) and join in (= take part in) the celebrations. People of all walks of life (= backgrounds) can relax and enjoy themselves.

One thing only is a bit worrying here: the fact that over the years all holidays and celebrations have become much more commercialized.


EXERCISE 1

Complete each gap with one word.


1. May 1st and 3rd are …………………….. holidays in Poland.

2. You can meet folks from all walks of …………………….. at university.

3. Christmas has become way too …………………….. – all people think about is buying presents and spending money.

4. Throwing rice is one of the wedding …………………….. .

5. Don’t stand in the corner! Join …………………….. the fun!

6. We got married ten years ago – our …………………….. is tomorrow.

EXERCISE 2

Add the missing vowels (a, e, I, o, u), then answer the questions.


1. What …………………….. NNVRSRS do you always remember about?

2. What Christmas and Easter …………………….. CSTMS are your favourite?

3. Is it good for a country to have a lot of …………………….. BNK HLDYS? Why? / Why not?


KEY

Ex.1

1. bank

2. life

3. commercialised

4. customs

5. in

6. anniversary


Ex.2

1. anniversaries

2. customs

3. bank holidays

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