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Fun and festivities in Great Britain - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

facade of the main house One of the most important holidays in the UK is Christmas, which is traditionally celebrated on December, 25. The whole country lights up with holiday illumination on the eve of the holiday. It is celebrated even by families who do not belong to any religious confession. Christmas trees are set on the squares and in the living rooms. Houses are also decorated with toys, garlands, wreaths, and twigs of mistletoe hanging from the ceiling. It is customary to meet Christmas in the family circle. The whole family and relatives gather at the dinner table. The Christmas table dishes are strictly traditional. Turkey with stuffed vegetables is always served, and the hostess cooks a Christmas pudding for dessert. Another treat is specially cooked mulled wine. December 26 is a boxing day. It is common to exchange souvenirs and go for a walk.
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On January 5, on the eve of Christian Epiphany, the Twelfth-day is celebrated. On this day, it is necessary to remove all festive decorations from the house and from the street, otherwise, the whole next year will be unsuccessful. The ornaments that remain in the house can not be taken away until next Christmas. On February 14, lovers celebrate Valentine's Day. They exchange greeting cards and themed gifts. The UK is a monarchy. The entire population of the country loves and honors the royal family. Therefore, the birthday of the queen or the king is considered a national holiday. It is celebrated separately from the real date of birth of the ruling monarch. The holiday takes place on the first, second or third Saturday of June. A military parade is organized, which is attended by all the members of the royal dynasty. The bright and noisy holiday ends with a grandiose salute.
New Year in the UK is also celebrated with a parade. The British spend the night with their family and close friends; they treat New Year's Eve as a new frontier. It is customary to make promises, set goals and build grandiose plans for the next year. At 12 noon on January 1, a colorful parade starts in London. Acrobats, dancers, musicians, and actors take part in it. On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, the British celebrate Mother's Day. It is necessary to visit a mother or grandmother, give her flowers or a greeting card. During the celebration of Easter, it is customary to exchange chocolate eggs and special buns with a cross. Easter celebrations begin on Friday; rites and festive events end only on Monday. Copyright
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The main holiday of Northern Ireland is St. Patrick's Day, who is the heavenly patron of this country. The fest is held on the day of his death, on March 17. The holiday is celebrated on the territory of the whole of Great Britain, in a number of cities of the USA and other countries. A grand parade is held in London. In Manchester, there is a two-week Irish festival. There are some cultural events and a market in the holiday timeframe. The festival ends with a colorful parade. The main events take place in Belfast. The streets are filled with green decorations. Even the water in the fountains is painted green. October 21 is the unofficial celebration of the Day of the Apple. There are fairs where one can not only buy apples but also try dozens of various dishes with this fruit, as well as take part in funny apple contests.
Sheffield Riverfront One of the most significant events in the fashion world takes place in London. London Fashion Week attracts the most famous designers. World stars come to watch defiles. The event is held twice a year, in February and September. The best fashion houses in Britain show new collections to the public. The unique festival of the Straw Bear is held in the vicinity of Cambridge. During the parade, processions with straw stuffed bears are held along the streets. At the end of the holiday, figurines are burned. In early August, the festival of the legendary hero of England, Robin Hood, takes place in Mansfield. The event is accompanied by theatrical performances and historical reconstructions of the battles. In February, the Vikings Festival is held in York. This city was the capital of the Vikings many centuries ago. Residents of the city transform into fearless warriors and participate in improvised battles.
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Howard Castle

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England. It is a private residence of the Howard family for more than 300 years. The castle was built on the cusp of the 17th and 18th centuries under the order of earl Carlile. The building was finished in 1712, and until nowadays, it is the most magnificent Baroque building in Great Britain. The palace has a great park in the French style, not so far from the park complex has placed a wonderful arboretum.

In 1940 the state home has suffered from the fire. Thanks to the help of skilful architects, it was rebuilt as soon as possible. Today the greatest country’s palace is open for visitors. It houses the unique collection of paintings that includes Michelangelo works. The palace is usually used for cultural meetings. The luckiest … Read all

St Mary Axe

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
On one of the vibrant streets in London has placed a great St Mary Axe skyscraper. It attracts a lot of views because of its marvellous glass façade. This 41-storey skyscraper was built in 2003. Nine-tenths rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows. The main part of the rooms is extended over the offices. The top floor has several magnificent restaurants and entertainment venues, that are open for everybody.

The inner decoration of the building has a lot of glass things. There you can see glass staircases and different separation walls. First floors of the skyscraper are open for tourists. St Mary Axe lay claim to the first ecological skyscraper in the world. It was named like the street Saint Mary Axe where it is located. Apart from the glass façade, the building has a unique peculiarity … Read all
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Hilton builds third luxury hotel in Kyoto

The project organizers note that the new Kyoto hotel is perfect for both business and leisure. Just to remind you, the opening of the Roku Kyoto hotel took place in the city in 2021. The luxury hotel also never ceases to amaze guests with its exquisite atmosphere and variety of services. It is close to famous attractions like Kinkaku-ji Temple, and Shozan Resort Kyoto Pavilion is a short walk from the hotel. Read this


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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Great Britain

Those, who expect devoting much time to shopping, will surely find what they need and more in Covent Garden. In addition to souvenir shops and boutiques the quarter is the location of Royal Opera House. Oxford Street is considered a commerce street of the city. It is worth noting that here you will find shops of different price categories. You can choose to visit such elite trading houses as Selfridges and Marks and Spencer, or shop for gifts in cheaper shopping complexes, such as «C&A». … Read more
Nighttime entertainments of Blackpool deserve a separate article. Funny Girls club is known as a popular destination for entertainments among young people. It is located not far away from the center of the city and offers its guests to participate in an interesting entertainment. The club’s bar features widest choice of delicious snacks and cocktails. Bierkeller bar is a no less popular entertainment facility. The bar is equally liked by music lovers, and fans of dancing. Fans of walking in … Read more
The Aerial Extreme complex is the most popular of the entertaining centers of the city. The complex is an excellent place for family visit with kids of all ages. The center features amazing playing grounds and attractions for the youngest visitors as well as some extreme attractions for thrill seekers. The Legoland Discovery center is smaller however not a less interesting and engaging place for recreation. The Pure Magic entertaining complex is as well worth visiting as it offers a vast choice … Read more
The list of popular entertainment centers worth visiting would be incomplete without The Wacky Warehouse that has become the favorite place of rest among both residents and tourists. Fans of golf will certainly never get bored in York as there’s definitely suitable entertainment for them. Golf Club Fulford Golf Club is the favorite place of all fans of this high-end sport. The club is interesting to visit for both beginners and experienced athletes. Bishopthorpe Tennis Club is one of the most … Read more
In addition to exploring beautiful parks, guests usually enjoy making walks to popular local markets and shopping complexes. Buchanan Galleries is a popular shopping center of Glasgow, which features a rich choice of boutiques and shopping pavilions. Here you will find a wide selection of clothes, accessories and perfumes by the world's leading brands. This is also a great place to purchase jewelry and attractive souvenirs. St Enoch Centre supermarket is also worth making a visit. Besides rich … Read more
There are also several exciting karaoke bars in the city. Among them we should definitely mention iKINGDOM Karaoke Box, a very popular destination for people who adore singing. The bar is located near the center of Birmingham and accepts guests until late in the evening. Fans of shopping should definitely not forget to visit the trading center called Birmingham Indoor markets. This is a great place to purchase various goods, from toys and designer clothes to cute souvenirs. Several times a year … Read more
Besides entertainments, you will find a huge number of shops and markets in the city. Clayton Square shopping complex is the location of pavilions with clothes and shoes, musical instruments, sports equipment and other goods. Clothing and perfumes of famous brands are offered to visitors in a shopping mall named Cavern Walks. If your aim is to buy food, Matta's store is the best choice for this. In addition to usual food, here are sold various delicacies. There is a shop in Liverpool that is … Read more

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