The English year
The are four seasons in the year: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The winter months in Great Britain are November, December, January and February. The winter months are cold. In Great Britain in winter it snows and rains. There are 30 days in November. It is the first winter month in Britain. In November there is a great holiday in America - Thanksgiving Day. Families come together for the day. They decorate the houses with autumn's fruits and flowers, and eat traditional American food, including roast turkey and pumpkin pie. There are 31 days in December. On the 25th of December there is the greatest holiday of all in England - Christmas. People give each other presents and send Christmas cards. School children have their Christmas holidays. Most of the banks, offices and industrial enterprises close for holidays too. The traditional English dinner on Christmas Day is roast turkey and Christmas pudding. The Queen's speech is on television at 3.00 p.m. During Christmas in Trafalgar Square there is a Christmas tree. There are 31 days in January. There is a lot of dancing, eating, and drinking during = the New Year holidays. In Scotland there is an interesting New Year’s tradition called “first footing.” It means you visit your friends, so you are "the first foot" of the New Year in their houses. The Scots believe that the First Foot brings luck to the family for the New Year, but the First Foot must be a man or boy with dark hair, not a woman. There are twenty eight or twenty nine days in February. The 14th of February is St. Valentine's Day. People buy or make Valentine cards and send them to their beloved. They don't sign their cards - you must guess who sent the card to you. Boys and girls, husbands and wives, relatives and friends send cards to each other. There are different cards to suit all tastes. In Great Britain there are two spring months: March and April. There are 31 days in March. In England, spring begins towards the end of March. The 17th of March is a national holiday in Ireland - St. Patrick's Day. People send greeting cards. On that day people wear a shamrock. A shamrock is a clover with three leaves. It is the national emblem of Ireland. In March there is also a holiday for English women - Mother's Day. People in the family try to make it a day off for Mother and help her in any way they can. On that day they visit their mothers and give them some presents. If they can't do it they send their mothers "Mother's Day card". April is the second and last spring month. There are 30 days in April. In April or at the end of March people celebrate Easter Day. They celebrate it as the start of spring or a religious festival. In England it is time to give and get presents.On Easter Sunday children get chocolate Easter eggs or rabbits. The Easter holidays are at the end of March and in the first half of April. School children go back to school after Easter. The first day of April is called April Fool’s Day, and is a day of jokes and tricks. English children like this day very much. They play jokes and tricks on other people: other children, parents, friends, relatives, school teachers. In Great Britain, summer begins in May. So there are four summer months. The weather is usually warm, but can be changeable. The days are long and the nights are short. When the sun is high in the sky, it is hot. People wear light clothes - cotton shirts, jeans, skirts, T-shirts and light shoes. On the first Monday in May, English people celebrate the May Day holiday. In June, the English people celebrate Father's Day, when children send cards and give presents to their fathers. On the 4th of July, Americans celebrate their most important holiday - Independence Day. They display their flags, decorate their houses and hold street parades. If the weather is fine, there are a lot of people on the beaches in July and August. Autumn comes in September. Autumn is usually a nice season in England. It is warm and dry, but it can rain a lot too. The summer holidays are over in September. The parks, beaches and streets of Britain are very quiet. It is time to go back to school. In Great Britain, school begins in the second week of September. On the 31st of October there is a nice holiday for children - Halloween. People put pumpkins on the window sills. They carve eyes, noses and mouths on the pumpkins and put candles in them, making the pumpkins appear to have a face. Children dress up in funny costumes, and go from house to house collecting candy.