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Easter

  • the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ, the weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday, Good Friday marks the day Jesus died on the cross, the name Easter comes from an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre
  • Lent – the period preceding Easter, which is devoted to fasting (forty days)
  • celebrate Easter, dye some eggs, go to church, attend church services, fast, buy chocolate Easter eggs, create an Easter basket for children, hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs – those made of chocolate
  • the Cross is the symbol of the Crucifixion, as opposed to the Resurrection, Easter eggs are linked to pagan traditions

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Would you like to spend Easter in the UK? Why?

As with almost all holidays that have their roots in Christianity, Easter has been commercialized. Do you agree?

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated _____ March 17.

_____ St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church _____ the morning and celebrate _____ the afternoon.

Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born _____ Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age _____ 16. He later escaped, but returned _____ Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained _____ the Irish culture.

Today, approximately 1 million people annually take part _____ Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a celebration featuring parades and concerts. Children in Ireland have a tradition of pinching their friends _____ don’t wear green _____ this day!

Bacon and cabbage is what most people have _____ this day. Irish pub owners go crazy, putting green food colouring into their beers and traditional Irish Guinness Stout is a sell-out _____ all Irish pubs!

Shamrocks and leprechauns are associated _____ St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks are three-leaved clovers found growing in patches on grass. You are thought to _____ lucky if you find a four-leaved clover, so do keep _____ if you ever come across one! Leprechauns are little Irish fairies, and they are thought to work as shoe-makers for other fairies. The Irish say that if a leprechaun _____ caught by a human, he will reveal where he hides his pot _____ gold. On this day, pictures of shamrocks and leprechauns are hung everywhere. Some people even dress up _____ leprechauns!

 

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On Valentine’s Day…

I fell head over heels in love with him.

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She met her husband on a blind date.

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Did you two lovebirds have a fight?

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We mostly go on double dates with Jack and Sarah.

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When he popped the question I said yes.

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You and your guy are a match made in heaven.

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The couple tied the knot 8 years ago.

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Christmas

  • What three words would you use to describe Christmas?
  • What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
  • What’s the most meaningful Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
  • How do you usually spend your spare time during the Christmas holidays?
  • What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since last Christmas?
  • What should parents tell their children about Santa Claus?
  • Do you feel Christmas has become too commercialised?
  • Sometimes people complain that we are losing the "true spirit of Christmas".
    What do you think?
  • What happens in your country during the lead-up to Christmas and New Year?
  • If you had a million dollars, what would you do during Christmas time?
  • Would you prefer a white Christmas or a Christmas at a tropical holiday
    resort? Why?
  • Have you ever made any new year’s resolutions?
  • Do celebrations help to preserve traditions? Is it important for traditions
    and customs to be handed down from one generation to another?