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British Culture Guide

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UK Bank Holidays and Festivals­

Burns Night (January 25th)

Burns Night is celebration of the life and poetry of poet Robert Burns. It is an important date on the calendar in Scotland and usually consists of a supper celebrating everything Scottish. This usually includes eating haggis, drinking lots of Scotch whisky and reciting Burns’ poetry.

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Best Tradition: Having a ‘toast’ to various things every 5 minutes, including Burns, haggis, Scotland, men, women, the host etc. By the end you may not be able to stand up but you will be blissfully happy.

Where to Go: Definitely somewhere in Scotland. Edinburgh is particularly famed for its celebrations.

How you can get Involved: Eat some haggis and drink some whisky (if you can stomach either)

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British Culture Guide

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Here you can find some information about the food eaten in Britain for main meals.

Sunday Roast:
The Sunday Roast, or Roast Dinner, is probably the meal England is most famous for. It is eaten in most restaurants and homes across the country every Sunday afternoon and is a meal of pure indulgence. It is basically roasted meat with all the trimmings, including roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, and vegetables. You can choose whichever meat you want, depending on your fancy, and each comes with its own special sides:

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  • Chicken: with bread sauce or cranberry sauce;
  • Beef: with horseradish sauce or mustard;
  • Pork: with apple sauce;
  • Lamb: with mint sauce or redcurrant jelly.

The mother of all Roast Dinners for most people is usually served on Christmas Day when a huge turkey (often the size of a small child) is roasted and served with every vegetable, sauce and potato you can imagine.

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British Culture Guide

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The British Royal Family

Although they have no real power, the British royal family are still very important to the British people. In many ways they represent everything that is traditionally British. However, their different roles and positions can appear complicated and confusing.

There are no exact rules for who is part of the royal family and who is not, but there are certain members who are better known in Britain than others.

It can however get confusing as to how they are all related and what their roles are. It doesn’t help matters the fact that most of them have titles that they are referred to as well as their names. For example, many of the most important members are given HRH before their name, which stands for His/Her Royal Highness. Similarly, the monarch has HM, meaning His/Her Majesty.

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American Culture Guide – September

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In America, September signals an end and a beginning. For many U.S. students, it’s the end of summer vacation and time to head back to school. Many Americans look forward to cooler, crisper weather, and fall favorites like football and Labor Day picnics.

Celebrating Labor Day

09 2016 1Unlike most, this is a Monday to look forward to! On the first Monday of September, U.S. businesses and schools close to celebrate Labor Day. The first Labor Day took place in 1882 in New York City when many labor unions joined forces to celebrate workingmen in the city. The idea quickly spread throughout the country. In 1894, President Grover Cleveland named Labor Day a national holiday.

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American Culture Guide – August

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For many Americans, summer is a time to squeeze in as much outdoor fun as possible. You can take a trip to the beach, watch a ball game, hike at a park, or visit one of the iconic U.S. destinations in this month’s Culture Guide. August is a great time to get out and explore.

Historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

08 2016 1Take a trip to Gettysburg National Military Park, and get a close look at a noted chapter in American history. The three-day Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 is considered a turning point of the Civil War, the war that defined the nation. Here, the Union Army defeated the Confederacy, and more than 30,000 soldiers were killed or wounded. The battlefields have been preserved as a 59,000 acre park. Its rolling hills are crisscrossed by hiking trials and 40 miles of roads that make it easy to explore this special site and its 14,000 monuments.

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American Culture Guide – July

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Americans first declared independence from the British Crown in July, making this a special month in America.
 

The Most Patriotic Day of the Year

07 2016 1On July 4, Americans celebrate the birth of the United States. Some grill a special outdoor meal with family and friends. Others go to the beach to relax, swim, and play. Nearly everyone looks forward to dazzling fireworks. Some of the biggest celebrations include the incredible fireworks show in the New York City, the Boston Pops Firework Spectacular in Boston and A Capitol Fourth in Washington, D.C.

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American Culture Guide – June

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Volunteering in your Community

06 2016 1Summer is a great time to take part in the proud American tradition of volunteering. Donating some of your free time to a project or service in your community is a great way to get to know local people. One date to keep in mind is June 8, World Oceans Day. This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet,” and features activities that promote the prevention of plastic pollution in oceans. Whether you’re in Florida or Kansas, we can all make a difference. Also, Volunteer Match is another great resource for finding opportunities in your area. There really is no greater feeling than the satisfaction of helping others.

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American Culture Guide – May

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“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”

05 2016 1The Kentucky Derby horse race ends almost as quickly as it begins – but it’s a thrilling American tradition! Held every spring for more than 140 years, the Kentucky Derby is a 11-mile race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Derby is the first of three races held every year that make up the U.S. Triple Crown. The next two races are called the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes – and a horse must win all three to be the Triple Crown champion. Only 11 horses have accomplished this. Sir Barton was the first in 1919, and Secretariat is the most famous Triple Crown winner. The most recent Triple Crown winner was American Pharaoh in 2015.

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American Culture Guide – April

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American Literature

04 2016 1Great American Novel is a name Americans give to certain well-written stories with unforgettable characters. These books are special because they capture certain periods in American culture and history. One favorite is “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the 1920s, this is the story of the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby, who spends his life and a great deal of money trying to win back the woman he loves. It’s considered one of the greatest books from the 20th century. The novel was adapted into a 2013 film with the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby.

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American Culture Guide - March

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Women's History Month

03 2016 1In March, Americans celebrate the women who helped shape America, including those who fought for the right to vote in 1920. Schools all over the country dedicate this month to celebrating special American women, including Delilah L. Beasley, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Margaret Sanger. A number of museums, such as the Smithsonian, hold events to teach people during this historic month.