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Saint Valentine is the patron saint of lovers. St Valentine's day is celebrated all over the world.
In the UK, people ( children, teenagers and adults) send cards, which can be anonymous, to the people they love or like on February 14th. One billion Valentine's Day cards are sent every year.
People can send flowers, chocolates and other presents to their loved ones.
In the USA, Valentine's day is big business : Americans spend about $10 billion every year!
Hearts, roses and Cupids are the most popular symbols of Valentine's Day. Cupid was the son of Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty. Red is the colour of Valentine's Day because it is the colour of a heart and symbolizes love and passion.
Here's a typical poem :
Roses are red Violets are blue Sugar is sweet And so are you.
The song White Christmas is a famous and popular Christmas song. The music and lyrics were written by Irving Berlin in 1942 and sung by Bing Crosby. The lyrics of White Christmas struck a chord with the soldiers fighting in the Second World War and their families waiting for them back home. Here is an extract from the film which was released in 1954.
But we could have sung this one by The Corrs...
On December 10th, 2000 the Corrs played for the President of the USA and all those present at the annual "Christmas in Washington" concert. They sang So this is Christmas, (the war is over).
Which war were they referring to ? Who was the American President at the time ? When had he been elected ? How long was he elected ?
On November 5th, people remember the gunpowder plot, a secret plan to overthrow the King of England in 1606.
the fifth of November,
and plot. I see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot...
This is a poem that all British children learn for Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes' Night.
Children use old clothes to make a Guy and people give them money to buy firecrackers (A penny for the guy!). In the evening, there is a bonfire to burn the Guy.
In 1605, Guy Fawkes who was a Catholic, tried to explode 36 barrels of gunpowder in the English Parliament in London. He wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the King. The police stopped him and arrested him. People in London celebrated with bonfires. Guy Fawkes was executed for treason.
400 years later, the British continue to have bonfires to "celebrate their most famous traitor."
On 31st October, the night before All Saints' Day, Americans, Scots and Irish people celebrate Hallowe'en : they dress up as witches and ghosts, have parties, tell ghost stories and play games.
Hallowe'en is the second biggest celebration in America after Christmas. Every year Americans spend more than $2.5 billion on sweets, cards, costumes and decorations. More than 66 per cent of houses are decorated.
Hallowe'en was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain celebrating the New Year. Celts believed that the dead could come back to the world on that day. So people wore costumes like witches and ghosts.
Today, Irish and Scottish kids dress up for Hallowe'en, and they visit houses and sing a song or tell a joke. They ask for candy and they say "Trick or treat?" which means "Give me some candy or you'll get a bad surprise!" If they don't get sweets, they play a trick. Irish and Scottish immigrants took Halloween to America.
American kids started celebrating Halloween in the 1950's.
Where does this singalong come from ? What movie ?
Ce blog pédagogique a été créé par Madame Lebeau, professeur d'anglais au Collège Louis de Broglie à Ancemont près de Verdun.
Il s'adresse aux élèves désireux de progresser en anglais.
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