Traditions, Customs and Habits of Great Britain as the Reflection of Mentality of the Nation

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TRADITIONS,
CUSTOMS AND HABITS OF GREAT BRITAIN AS THE REFLECTION OF MENTALITY OF THE NATION

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CONTENTS

| |Introduction……………………………………………………….. |3 | |I. |Everyday life of people…………………………………………… |4 | |II. |Parliament and traditions…………………………………………. |12 | |III. |Pageantry………………………………………………………….. |16 | |IV. |University life and its traditions…………………………………... |20 | |V. |Traditions of Scotland…………………………………………….. |23 | |VI. |Traditions of Wales………………………………………………. |34 | |VII. |Traditions of Northern Ireland……………………………………. |41 | | |Conclusion………………………………………………………... |42 | | |Glossary…………………………………………………………... |43 | | |Literature………………………………………………………….. |45 |

INTRODUCTION

I choose this topic because it’s very interesting and urgent for me now. This subject is closely connected with my feature profession. People of different countries have their own traditions. And I think, it is very important to know customs and traditions of that country, which you are going to visit. The national traditions absorb, accumulate and reflect the historic experience of the part generations. The aim of my work is to describe in details customs and habits of English. And I should say, that English life is full of traditions. Some of them are very beautiful, colorful and picturesque, and seem to be quite reasonable; others are curious, sometimes funny, and they often are maintained simply as a tourist attraction. In additions, many English traditions have long outlived themselves and became burdensome. Moreover, they make no sense in the present day like and only complicate things. But they are preserved and kept alive because of the well-known traditional English conservatism. There are many traditions associated with some historical facts, parliamentary, court and state ceremonies, university life, and popular holidays. Others are connected with the mode of everyday life. They deal with customs, manners of behaviour, and habits of the people. Studying them will help us to understand better the English way of life.

1 EVERYDAY LIFE OF PEOPLE

Very often when speaking of English traditions we think first of some curious theatrical ceremonies of the court* or parliament procedure. There come to our mind the medieval uniforms of the guards, the solemn cloaks and wigs of the judges or the top hats (bowlers) and the invariable umbrellas of the clerks of the London City. But the word “tradition” does not mean only that. First and foremost “tradition” is the generally accepted made or way of living, acting, behaving of just doing things. There are many very good traditions of this kind in the everyday life of the English.

1. Everything is the Other Way Round
In England everything is the other way round. On Sunday on the Continent even the poorest person...
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