The British love and honor their holidays: they have been formed over the centuries and include pagan and Christian rituals, official state dates, musical and sporting events. Today, cultural symbols and traditional rites are mixed. For foreign tourists, students and expats, some holidays are familiar – for example, international Valentine’s Day and Halloween. But the Queen’s Birthday or Guy Fawkes Day will be an interesting discovery. Not all English holidays are accompanied by weekends, but, of course, each has its own history, symbols and rituals.
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