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Celebrations & Cultures

Vocabulary : Celebrations & Cultures

1- How do you celebrate your birthday?

2- What traditional customs (e.g. music, food) surround this event?

2- Match the festival with its name from the list given below

Each of the following Christian festivals has a special name.

Good Friday -  Ash Wednesday -  Christmas -  Easter -  Epiphany

Vocabulary : Celebrations & Culture

1 The resurrection of Christ                             

2 The birth of Christ                      

3 The beginning of Lent (fasting)                      

4 The visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus                      

5 The death of Christ                      

3- Match each festival with the date on which it falls

  • Guy Fawkes' Night


  • St Valentine's Day


  • American Independence Day


  • Hallowe'en


  •  Labour Day


  • April Fools' Day

4- Complete each paragraph using the words in the boxes

Paragraph 1 : St Valentine's Day

sender -  lovers - identity  -  cards -  traditionally  

Vocabulary : Celebrations & Cultures

St Valentine's Day is a day when    celebrate by sending each other         and flowers. Great mystery is supposed to surround the    of the card who      does not reveal his or her      


Paragraph 2 : April Fools' Day:

sightings - tricks - visitors - victims - growing

Vocabulary : Celebrations & Cultures

On the first of April each year, hundreds of        , old and new,
are played on unwary       .Memorable tricks of the past have
included a television news report claiming that spaghetti was      
in the fields of Italy and claims of various        of 'little green
men', supposedly       from the planet Mars. All stunts have to
be completed by 12:00 midday, however, or they cease to be valid. 

c -

Paragraph  3 : Hallowe'en

traditional - apples - house - celebrate - dress

Vocabulary : Celebrations & Cultures

Hallowe'en is the night when witches and evil spirits are banished. People
often         with fancy      parties, dressing in       style as witches and ghosts. Games sometimes played
include 'Trick or Treat', where children go from       to house
hoping to fill an empty bag with sweets and toys.
A game called 'apple bobbing' is also played:       are
placed in a bowl of water and everyone has to try to catch one using their
mouths only - no hands! Of course, everyone gets very wet!

5- Match the following to form phrases

to wish - to welcome - to celebrate - to greet  - to send

1-      someone a card    

2-     a special occasion
3-      someone to a new place 

4-      your guests at a party 

5-      someone a Happy Birthday

6- Complete the table
















7- Choose the correct option

a- It's ______ in many countries to have a carnival every year
as a celebration.


In Japan, it's ______ to take off your shoes before entering a house.


The ______ beliefs of some societies prohibit the
consumption of pork.


 _________ differences can lead to misunderstandings: in some
countries drinking alcohol is encouraged as a social activity while in others it is strictly forbidden.

8- Cultural knowledge quiz

8-1  Match the following:

Pharaohs - Tsars - Zulus - Emperors - Aborigines

1 - The former Royal Family of Russia    

2- One of two traditionally opposing African tribes   

3- The kings of Ancient Egypt     

4- The original inhabitants of Australia     

5- The leaders of the Roman Empire      

8-2 Where would you see the following famous sights?

  • a- The Eiffel Tower


  • The Statue of Liberty

c -

  • Big Ben


  • The Acropolis


  • The Great Wall


  • The Opera House