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Festivals and holidays

Article describing a festivalan, event, a ceremony we attended


When we write an article describing a festival, event or celebration we attended, we usually write four paragraphs. In the introduction we include general information about the event such as its name, where and when it is held and what the celebration is for. In the second paragraph we write about the preparations for the event. In the third paragraph we describe the actual event itself. In the conclusion, we write our impressions, reactions and recommendations. We usually use present tenses to write about something that happens every year or continues for some time and past tenses to describe our actual experiences at the event. We use adjectives to make our description more interesting. We can also use the passive when the activity is more important than the agent.

- On February 14th, people in Britain and many other countries celebrate St. Valentine's Day. This is the day when lovers express their love for each other.

- In Britain Mothering Sunday takes place during the month of March. It is a special time when children and adults do special things for their mothers.

- In America children celebrate Hallowe'en on the 31st of October. It is the evening before All Hallow's Day when it is believed that witches and ghosts come out.

- A lot of people/tourists every year take part in this ceremony/event/special occasion/festival/carnival/celebration.

- This festival is a great way to experience the local culture. We can even catch a glimpse of the past.

- buy presents/ gifts/ cards/ ...;
- decorate the house/streets/garden/christmas tree... with colourful balloons/ ...;
- cook special food;
- bands practise their music;
- dancers spend hours practising their dances; 
- make garlands;
- write invitations;...
- street parade with colourful floats; marching bands; street performers; street entertainers;
- a firework display; live shows...
- bands play to crowds of exciting people
- As you can guess from the photo, we stood at the side of the road and watched the dancers in their magnificent costumes as they performed their difficult dance routines.
When the festival starts, people gather in the town square.
The ceremony starts with an opening parade where people walk through the streets.
People throw confetti.
During the festival, there is a huge open air concert.
When it gets dark people set off the fireworks.
The lighting point/The climax of the festival, (as you can see in the photo), is/was... a masked ball/ fancy dress party/ firework display...


- a special carnival party; a barbecue; a picnic;



- masks; a fancy-dress costume; the dancers in the festival wear traditional costumes;



- special food;



- The air was filled with the scent/aroma of ... spring flowers/ traditional food/ freshly baked bread/ fruit...

People/We love celebrating the festivals with their/our nearest and dearest.
This festival helps(-ed) us to remember famous historical events.
Festivals are an expressive way to celebrate glorious heritage, culture and traditions.
It is a very special day. Everyone feels proud and pleased with themselves.
It is a fantastic day. Everyone is excited and feels lucky to take part in the celebration.


Indian Festival

The Milwaukee Native American Indian Festival is truly and amazing event. For three days in September every year, thousands gather in Milwaukee, USA, to celebrate Indian culture. Last year, I was lucky enough to attend the festival and experience it for myself.

The preparations take months. Dance teams from all over the country practise to compete in the tribal Pow Wow dance contest. Indian craftsmen work to produce the many traditional items on display. Then, in the week before the festival, the stalls are put up and the food is prepared, so that everything will be ready for the big day.

The celebrations began at 4pm and there was plenty to see and do. I visited a traditional Indian village, watched skilled craftsmen carve totem poles, and even learned how to do tribal Indian dancing. It was also a great opportunity to sample some traditional native dishes, like corn bread and buffalo burgers.

The festival was fun, entertaining and educational. It was a wonderful way to learn about Native American culture and celebrate the end of summer.





Adjectives you can use to describe your holidays

Positive Adjectives :


Exciting/ Interesting/ Fabulous/ Enjoyable/ Relaxing/ Active/ Original/ Wonderful/ Amazing/ Breathtaking/ Terrific/ Sparkling/ Stunning


Negative Adjectives:


Monotonous/ Boring/ Spoilt/ Terrible/ Horrible/ Terrifying/ Frightful /


Positive Adjectives decribing the food:


mouth-watering/ delicious/ fresh/ tasty/ sweet/ juicy/ appetizing/ delightful/ yummy


Negative adjectives describing the food:


tasteless / disagreeable / disgusting/ rotten/unsavory/ yucky



Some facts about celebrations around the world:

april fool day


April Fool's Day

Brazilian Carnival

April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day, although not a holiday, is a day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of practical jokes on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbours. Traditionally, in some countries, the jokes only last until noon: like the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool" Elsewhere, such as in Ireland, France, and America, the jokes last all day.


Brazil’s most popular and festive holiday is Carnival. In fact, many people consider Carnival one of the world’s biggest celebrations. Each spring, before Lent, the streets of Brazil’s largest city, Rio de Janeiro, come alive with wild parties, festivals and glamorous balls.

The Samba School Parade is the highlight of the four-day event. About 3,000 performers wear ornate costumes with feathers and beads, dance down the parade route alongside floats and into the dance stadium built for the event. Judges award a prize to the most spectacular group of dancers.

Chinese new year


Chinese new year


Chinese New Year is a very old celebration, a time for repaying debts, enjoying feasts, giving "red envelopes" of lucky money to friends and relatives, and remembering ancestors.This holiday is celebrated approximately 15 days after the start of the Chinese New Year.

There are many old and delightful ancient superstitions surrounding this holiday. People buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck.


Christmas , also referred to as Christmas Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25 that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Christ.

Many people go to church on Christmas Eve and in the morning of Christmas Day. Christmas carols are heard everywhere. Families decorate the Christmas tree with Christmas ornaments and put gifts for the family members and close friends under it. Houses are decorated with, mistletoe, tinsel, Christmas lights, and statues of angels. Gifts from Santa Claus (also referred to as Father the Frost) are put into the stockings hung near the mantelpiece. Families usually gather for a family reunion and have a Christmas party with a traditional Christmas dinner – roast turkey, ham, potatoes, vegetables, mince pie, fruit cake, gingerbread, nuts. It is also a tradition to send Christmas cards to relatives and friends and to give to charity. 


easter day

4th of July

Easter Day

July 4th(USA Independence Day)

‎Easter is the time for holidays, festivals and a time for giving chocolate Easter eggs. But Easter means much more....

Easter is the oldest and the most important Christian Festival, the celebration of the death and coming to life again of Jesus Christ. For Christians, the dawn of Easter Sunday with its message of new life is the high point of the Christian year.

Independence Day / The Fourth of July is the most important patriotic holiday for Americans. It is celebrated in memory of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the birth of the new nation.

The holiday is celebrated throughout the country with parades, fireworks, public ceremonies, speeches, concerts, shows, carnivals, baseball games, parties, picnics and barbecues, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. The American flag is displayed in many places, and its colors are used for decoration.


new year's eve


New Year's day


New Year's Day is the first day of the new year. It is celebrated on January 1, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. People often gather at the place where there's a tower with a big clock to say good-bye to the old year and welcome in the new year.

This day is traditionally a religious feast, but since the 1900s has become an occasion for celebration the night of December 31, called New Year's Eve. Many people make a New Year's resolution to quit doing something (e.g., smoking) or start something new (e.g., swimming). New Year's Day is usually celebrated with friends at home or in a restaurant. 

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest. While perhaps religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now  identified as a family holiday.

Thanksgiving dinner (turkey) is held on this day, usually as a gathering of family members and friends.Going home to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with the family is a widely spread tradition. It is also a tradition to give to charity, and many people prepare gifts and food for the needy families. The holiday is celebrated with a big dinner: roast turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, Indian pudding, corn, vegetables, fruit, nuts. 


Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. In the Americas and Europe, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The day is associated with romantic love. Halloween is one of the favorite children's holidays. It is celebrated on the thirty-first of October. Holiday attributes include a jack-o'-lantern (an empty pumpkin with holes instead of the eyes, nose, and mouth and a burning candle inside) and frightening ghost costumes and masks. Houses are decorated with paper witches, ghosts, black cats, etc. Children wearing costumes go trick-or-treating to neighbours' houses, where a lot of sweet things are prepared for them. They knock on the door and shout "Trick or treat!" If a treat is not given to them, they play a trick; for example, they squeeze out toothpaste on the glass, or write with crayons on the door.


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