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|1 March||St David's Day||Church festival of St David, a 6th century wonk and bishop, the patron saint of Wales. This day is regarded as the national holiday of Wales. Many Welsh pepole wear a daffodil or leek, which are Welsh national emblems, pinned to their clothes.|
|17 March||St Patrick's Day||St Patrick is the patron of Ireland. He brought Christianity to Ireland. He is said to have performed numerous miracles, one of which was freeing Ireland from snakes. On St Ptrick's day the Irish all over the world celebrate their national holiday. They wear a shamrock, the emblem of Ireland, pinned to their clothes. It's also a tradition to wear something green - Ireland is called Emerald Island.|
|Palm Sunday||This day marks the beginning of Holy Week. The origin of the name goes back to the event described in the Gospels when Christ came to Jerusalem and was greeted by the inhabitants who threw plam branches in front of him.|
|Maundy Thursday||In Britain the Queen presents specially made coins (Maundy money) to a number of elderly people in a selected city. The number of people is the same as the Queen's age in years. Originallly the soverign also washed old pepole's feet in memeory of the occassion when Christ washed his disciples' feet during the Last Supper.
The name Maundy Thursday somes from the Latin word mandatum - commandment. According to the Gospels, on this day, during the Last Supper, Jesus gave his disciples final words of comfort and asked them to keep his commandments, love Good and each other.
|Easter Monday||On Easter Monday in the USA there is a tradition of egg rolling. Children roll colourful eggs on the lawn of the White House in Washington. This tradition was started by the wife of Presidend James Madison. Since then First Ladies (the Presidents' wives) have been hostesses to hundreds of children who come to the White House for Easter Monday egg rolling.|
|23 April||St George's Day||St George is England's patron saint. His day is the national holiday of England. Some patriotic Englishmen wear a rose, national emblem of England, pinned to their clothes.|
|1 May||May Day||Celebration of the coming of spring. Lots of outdoor evetns are held, fetes and sports activities. A fete is an open-air sale of goods, with entertainement, sports contests, games. At a fete money is usually raised for a charity or some purpose of local importance.|
|12 May||Mother's Day||Second Sunday in May. This day is celebrated more in the USA than in Britain. It became a holdiay in 1914. It is the day of the biggest business for greeting-card manufactureres, flourist and telephone companies.|
|8 June||The Queen's Official Birthday||The second Saturday in June is the day celebrated as the Official Birthday of the Queen. It's not her real birthday. On this day there is a parade of the royal guards with their military flag in London, and a list of honorary titles, orders and medals given to prominent figures in public life is announced. The ceremony was started in the 18th century.|
|24 June||Midsummer's Day||This is the longest day in the year. In the Church of England as well as in the Roman Catholic Church this day is clebrated as the day of St John the Baptist.|
|4 July||Independence Day||This American holiday is the nation's birthday. On this day in 1776 the Declaration of Indepenence was adopted and the United States of America (consisting of 13 states) was established as a country independent from Britain. In each city on this day there are parades, speeches, tours of historic monuments, firework diplays and various other forms of entertainment.|
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