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Английские топики, темы. Holidays and Traditions in Russia and English-speaking Countries. Праздники.

      Every nation and every country has its own customs and traditions. But there are also international holidays which are celebrated practically in all the countries. They are: Christmas, New Year, Easter and St. Valentine's day.

      Christmas is a traditional family day. On this day, many people go to church, open their presents and eat a Christmas dinner. In Britain Christmas is the most important public holiday of the year. Every year a huge Christmas tree is placed in Trafalgar square. In Russia Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January. On this day people celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.

      New Year is a public holiday. It is not so important in Britain and America, but it has a joyful celebration in Russia. People stay awake until midnight on December 31st. Many parties are given on this night. Theatres, night clubs and streets are crowded.

      Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays. It is traditionally associated with Easter eggs and with the coming of spring. Most churches are specially decorated with flowers for the service.

      St. Valentine's Day is not the official holiday in most countries. February 14 is the day of lovers. Boys and girls, sweethearts and lovers, husbands and wives, friends and neighbours exchange greetings of affection, saying: "Be my Valentine".

      There are also some special holidays which are celebrated in a particular country.

      Let's start with the traditional British holiday Pancake day. But people don't only eat pancakes on this day, they run with them. In many towns in England pancake races are held every year.

      The most American holiday is Thanksgiving day. It was first celebrated in early colonial times by Pilgrim Fathers after their first good harvest. Thanksgiving is a day when the family eats a large traditional dinner, usually with turkey and pumpkin pie.

      In Russia we celebrate Women's day on the 8th of March. On this day men do everything about the house and cook all the meals.

      Every country has its own customs and traditions. For example, for Americans their work is the most important thing in life. In Britain pets can send Christmas or birthday cards to their friends. There are special animal hotels at the airports.

      In my opinion, the main traits of the real Russia character are hospitality, "open heart", "golden hands.