British Traditions

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• Rationale……………………………………………………………...3 • 1.Introduction……………………………………………….………...4  The meaning of traditions and superstitions for British people..4 • 2.Traditions – All Year Round British Folklore and Customs…….....5  Christmas in the UK………………………………..……….…9 ♦ A Christmas story…………………………………….……9 ♦ Chritmas nowadays……………………………....…….….11 • 3.Superstitions……………………………………….…………….....13 • 3.1.What do Superstitions mean to the Britih?.....................................13 • 3.2.A strong superstition…………………………………………..….13 • 3.3.Good luck or Bad luck?..................................................................14 • 3.4.Superstitions for everyone………………………………………..15 • 3.5.The story of the broken mirror, the black cat and lots of good luck……………………………………………..........................17 • 4.Conclusion……………………………………………………….....19 • 5.Bibliography………………………………………………………..20

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Rationale
Why did I choose to talk about British traditions and superstitions? Because I believe that they are a good way of discovering people and they help you understand their beliefs, behaviour and habits. With their help you can enter the British world and become a part of it even though figuratively speaking. Every nation has its own traditions and superstitions. So, the British couldn’t have been an exception. The British are one of the people whose superstitions and traditions are known worldwide and have become quite famous. Who hasn’t heard about the tradition of drinking tea, about all the traditions regarding the royal family, about Robin Hood or the Loch Ness monster, about King Arthur and his knights, about Christmas customs, about Halloween or about St. Valentine’s Day? The British are traditional people. They actually have customs for almost each day of the year and put a lot of soul into their organization and treat each of them with respect and seriousness. But, the British people are at the same time people who believe in superstitions and in the effect that they have upon their lives. As a result, they don’t leave their homes without, firstly, making sure that the Universe is not against them and something bad may happen to them during the day. We can say that British superstitions and traditions are a way of living and they may apply to each of us. They are for everyone no matter their origins, living conditions, social status or culture.

1.Introduction
The meaning of Traditions and Superstitions for British people 3

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. We have English and British traditions of sport, music, food and many royal occasions. There are also songs, sayings and superstitions. Who was Guy Fawkes? Why does the Queen have two birthdays? You can find the answers here in our pages on life in Britain. Superstition is a part of British culture today. Although superstition was more alive a hundred years ago, there are still superstitious people around, both young and old. Some people though, clame not to be superstitious, but it is still a part of them. Superstition is a pretty slippery concept, and we need to examine what we mean by it. The simple statement that a superstition is an irrational belief is quite adequate for most purposes, as long as we don't enquire too closely into the meaning of the word 'irrational'. But not every irrational belief gets labelled as superstition, so we need to look a bit closer. One of the key characteristics of superstition is a belief in the existence of luck, as a real force in life, and that luck can be predicted by signs, and can be controlled or influenced by particular actions or words. Other key elements include a belief in fate, which...
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