Билет №15. Let’s talk about Belarusian customs and traditions

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Let’s talk about Belarusian customs and traditions

1. Let’s talk about Belarusian customs and traditions. What can you tell me about your favourite Belarusian holiday?
2. Would you like to take part in a British holiday celebration? Why?
3. What questions can you ask a British teenager about his/her birthday celebration?
4.What holiday celebration in Belarus will you recommend your British friend?
5.Do you think it is important to follow our grandparents’ traditions? Why?
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1. Do you find some Belarusian holidays and traditions special?

1. Let’s talk about Belarusian customs and traditions. What can you tell me about your favourite Belarusian holiday?

There are many holidays in Belarus but most of them are common for Slavonic peoples living on the territory of the former USSR. As for something specific I’d mention holidays such as Orthodox Christmas, International Women’s Day, International Labor Day, Victory Day, Independence Day,October Revolution Day,Catholic Christmas,Commemoration Day. My favourite one is New Year. This holiday symbolizes people’s hope for the better. Apart from that it is vividly colourful and extremely noisy. It is time not to look back at the past, but look forward to forthcoming merry time lying ahead. Thanks to the holiday pupils have the second longest holiday during the year. Schools break up for a fortnight! What else can a kid dream of?

2. Would you like to take part in a British holiday celebration? Why?

Participating in any kind of activity definitely enriches any person, so I’d gladly agree to join in any celebration if I had a chance. The holiday I would like to be involved in is a pancake race. Being in the open air and running will help me to improve my health. Though it is a competition, I would regard it as a form of harmless entertainment. Laughter is a good thing so why should I miss an opportunity to raise my spirits?

3. What questions can you ask a British teenager about his/her birthday celebration?

How many guest do you invite to your birthday party? Have you ever had surprise birthday parties? What is the place where you would like to throw your next birthday party?

4.What holiday celebration in Belarus will you recommend your British friend?

Most Britons are not very knowledgeable about my motherland so if I were asked for recommendations I’d suggest taking part in numerous events taking place throughout the country on Independence Day. We have many things to show and take pride in. Different exhibits and parades will clear everything up. You can’t think of a better holiday for this than the one on the third of July.

5.Do you think it is important to follow our grandparents’ traditions? Why?

Everything is changing at an amazing speed so the majority of the recommendations from the past are bound to be obsolete and outdated. It doesn’t call for any proof if we talk about something related to technological advances, but if we talk about something which is less prone to alterations, for instance, interpersonal relationships we may fully rely on the wisdom of the previous generations which is known as traditions. It’s up to you to decide what to do, but my advice is to not to be blind and let others say what good for you is.
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Дополнительный вопрос к Let’s talk about Belarusian customs and traditions

Do you find some Belarusian holidays and traditions special?

I believe that all holidays have one thing common. People need some reason for having fun and enjoying themselves. From this point of view, all holidays are similar to each other. Traditions are another story. They usually have deeper roots than holidays. As a rule traditions are part of the history of a nation. Winters were long and harsh with lots of snow. In some time people got tired of snowy white and they wanted something colourful in their lives. This is how I understand the creation of a popular tradition which is called Kalyady
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2014-12-08
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