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Customs and Traditions in the UK

Britain is full of culture and traditions

which have been around for hundreds
of years. British customs and traditions
are famous all over the world. When
people think of Britain they often think
of people drinking tea, eating fish and
chips and wearing bowler hats, but
there is more to Britain than just those
things. They have English and British
traditions of sport, music, food and
many royal occasions

The Union Flag, popularly known as the Union Jack, is the national flag of
the United Kingdom. It is the British flag.

It is called the Union Flag because it symbolises the administrative union of the countries of
the United Kingdom. It is made up up of the individual Flags of three of the Kingdom's
countries all united under one Sovereign - the countries of 'England, of 'Scotland' and of
'Northern Ireland' (since 1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the United
Kingdom). As Wales was not a Kingdom but a Principality it could not be included on the

Britain is a tea-
drinking nation. Every
day they drink 165
million cups of the stuff
Tea in Britain is
traditionally brewed in a
warmed china teapot,
adding one spoonful of
tea per person and one for
the pot. Most Britains like
their tea strong and dark,
but with a lot of milk.
Did you know?
If someone asks you if you 'would like a cuppa',
they are asking if you would like a cup of tea.

If someone says 'let me be mother' or 'shall I be
mother', they are offering to pour out the tea from
the teapot.

Fish and Chips
Fish and chips is the classic English take-away food
and is the traditional national food of England. It
became popular in the 1860's when railways began to
bring fresh fish straight from the east coast to the our
cities over night.
The fish (cod, haddock, huss, plaice) is deep fried in
flour batter and is eaten with chips. Traditionally, the fish
and chips are covered with salt and malt vinegar and,
using your fingers, eaten straight out of the newspaper
which they were wrapped in. Now-a-days small wooden
forks are provided and the fish and chips are wrapped in
more hygienic paper.

"Full breakfast" refers to a traditional cooked dish, typically and originally eaten
at breakfast, though now often served at other times during the day. Common
alternative names for the dish include bacon and eggs, or the fry-up.
The normal ingredients of a
traditional full English breakfast are
bacon (traditionally back bacon, less
commonly streaky bacon), poached or
fried eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes,
fried mushrooms, fried bread or toast
with butter and sausages, usually
served with a mug of tea. Baked
beans and hash browns are also
commonly considered an important
part of the breakfast. As nearly
everything is fried in this meal, the
term "fry-up" is quite accurate.
Black pudding is added in some regions

Why does the queen have 2 birthdays?

Monarchs have traditionally had two
birthday celebrations: a private
celebration on the day of their
birth,and a public parade,held on a day
when the weather will be nice
The Sovereign's birthday is
officially celebrated by the
ceremony of Trooping the Colour
on a Saturday in June.
Although The Queen was born on 21 April,
it has long been the tradition to celebrate
the Sovereign's birthday publicly on a day in
the summer, when good weather is more

The English are said to be reserved in manners, dress and
speech.They are famous for their politeness, self-discipline
and especially for their sense of humour. Basic politeness
(please, thank you, excuse me) is expected.
English people are quite reserved
when greeting one another. A greeting
can be a bright 'Hello' 'Hi' or 'Good
morning', when you arrive at work or
at school..
Visiting people in their houses

When being entertained at someone's
home it is nice to take a gift for the host
and hostess. A bottle of wine, bunch of
flowers or chocolates are all acceptable.

(fox hunting )

Glastonbury - or Glasto to it's friends - is a multi-headed
behemoth of an event, a legendary hippie gathering and the largest
greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.
Today it's headline musicians are plucked from a pouch of the
biggest players of the day but it doesn't stop with the live tunes.
For four days each and every June 170,000+ festival-goers are
treated to over 700 performances of music, dance, comedy, theatre,
circus, cabaret and a myriad of other arts on the 900 acre grounds -
rain, hail or shine, though it's often the former.
So if you're taste in music is eclectic, your need for sleep non-
existent and there's a touch of hippie stirring somewhere deep
inside, then a trip to Glastonbury is a must at least once in this


May Day - Morris Dancing

A traditional dance seen throughout the
month of May is Morris Dancing. It is a
traditional English form of folkdancing,
performed by groups of men or women.
Morris Dancing has been danced for
hundreds of years, and passed down through
the generations in the villages of rural
There are several thoughts to the origins of
Morris Dancing. The name may refer to the
possibility of the form of dancing coming to
England from the Moors of North Africa; or it
may have been called 'Moor-ish' simply because
the dancers sometimes painted their faces black,
and people compared this to the dark-skinned


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