During the autumn and winter seasons, there are plenty of events and british traditions that you will find interesting. Here are some examples:
- Halloween. On the 31st October, British people like to dress up and go to some themed parties with their friends. Our schools usually organise Halloween parties for the students, and they also do costume competitions.
- On the 5th November, British people celebrate "Bonfire Night" or "Guy Fawkes Night". In November 1605, the infamous Gunpowder Plot took place. That day some Catholics plotted to blow up the English Parliament with King James l inside, on the day set for the king to open Parliament. The story is remembered each 5th November when 'Guys' are burned in a celebration known as "Bonfire Night". Most cities also make an impressive fireworks display worth seeing.
- The Lord Mayor's Show will take place on the 9th November. It is one of the longest established and best known annual events in London which dates back to before 1535. A new Lord Mayor is appointed every year and the public parade that is made of his inauguration reflects the fact that this was once one of the most prominent offices in England. On the day after being sworn in, the Lord Mayor and several others participate in a procession from the City of London to the Royal Courts of Justice in the City of Westminster, where the Lord Mayor swears his allegiance to the Crown.
- The 30th November is St Andrew's Day, Scotland's National Day. Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, as well as the patron of Greece, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. In Scotland, and many countries with Scottish connections, St Andrew's Day is a celebration of Scottish culture with traditional Scottish food, music and dance, in particular traditional ceilidh dancings.
This time of the year is a perfect time to visit the UK and improve your English skills at the same time that you experience some of the most interesting British traditions. For more information about our English courses, click here.