Festivals and celebrations Festivals and celebrations of all kinds have been held everywhere since ancient times.
Festivals and celebrations Most ancient festivals would celebrate the end of cold weather,planting in spring and harvest in autumn.
Festivals and celebrations Sometimes celebrations would be held after hunters had caught animals.
Festivals and celebrations At that time people would starve if food was difficult to find,especially during the cold winter months.
Festivals and celebrations Today’s festivals have many origins ,some religious,some seasonal, and some for special people or events.
Festivals of the Dead Some festivals are held to honour the dead or to satisfy the ancestors,who might return either to help or to do harm.
Festivals of the Dead For the Japanese festival Obon, people should go to clean graves and light incense in memory of their ancestors.
Festivals of the Dead They also light lamps and play music because they think that this will lead the ancestors back to earth.
Festivals of the Dead In Mexico, people celebrate the Day of the Dead in early November.
Festivals of the Dead On this important feast day,people eat food in the shape of skulls and cakes with”bones”on them.
Festivals of the Dead They offer food,flowers and gifts to the dead.
Festivals of the Dead The Western holiday Halloween also had its origin in old beliefs about the return of the spirits of dead people.
Festivals of the Dead It is now a children’s festival,when they can dress up and to to their neighbours’homes to ask for sweets.
Festivals of the Dead If the neighbours do not give any sweets,the children might play a trick on them.
Festivals to Honour People Festivals can also be held to honour famous people .
Festivals to Honour People The Dragon Boat Festival in China honours the famous ancient poet,Qu Yuan.
Festivals to Honour People
In the USA Columbus Day is in memory of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World.
Festivals to Honour People
India has a national festival on October 2 to honour Mohandas Gandhi,the leader who helped gain India’s independence from Britain.
Harvest Festivals Harvest and Thanksgiving festivals can be very happy events.
Harvest Festivals People are grateful because their food is gathered for the winter and the agricultural work is over.
In European countries,people will usually decorate churches and town halls with flowers and fruit,and will get together to have meals.
Harvest Festivals
Harvest Festivals Some people might win awards for their farm produce,like the biggest watermelon or the most handsome rooster.
Harvest Festivals China and Japan have mid-autumn festivals,when people admire the moon and in China,enjoy mooncakes.
Spring Festivals The most energetic and important festivals are the ones that look forward to the end of winter and to the coming of spring.
Spring Festivals At the Spring Festival in China,people eat dumplings,fish and meat and may give children lucky money in red paper.
Spring Festivals There are dragon dances and carnivals,and families celebrate the Lunar New Year together.
Spring Festivals Some Western countries have very exciting carnivals,which take place forty days before Easter,usually in February.
Spring Festivals
These carnivals might include parades,dancing in the streets day and night,loud music and colourful clothing of all kinds.
Spring Festivals Easter is an important religious and social festival for Christians aroud the world.
Spring Festivals It celebrates the return of Jesus from the dead and the coming of spring and new life.
Spring Festivals Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival happens a little later.
Spring Festivals The country, covered with cherry tree flowers, looks as thought it is covered with pink snow.
Festivals and celebrations People love to get together to eat , drink and have fun with each other.
Festivals and celebrations Festivals let us enjoy life,be proud of our customs and forget our work for a little while.



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