ADMINISTRACION DE EMPRESAS TURISTICAS
INGLES BASICO II
11 DE MARZO DEL 2011
LLA. SUGELY ALVARADO CASTILLO
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FESTIVALS A ROUND THE WORDL
In this study, I will give you some of the most important festivals celebrated throughout the world, some of these very strange and surprising but they are stillimportant.
This will help us know more about other cultures, traditions and customs.
Here are some festivities:
* INDEPENDENCE DAY – MEXICO SEPTEMBER 15
* DAY OF THE DEAD – MEXICO (November 2)
One of the most famous celebrations in Mexico, El Día de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a unique mixture of Catholic and pre-Hispanic traditions
* INDEPENDENCEDAY – USA (July 4th )
Americans celebrate July 4 as Independence Day. It was on July 4, 1776, that members of the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.
Celebrations and Fireworks are held all over the United States as the whole nation celebrates this day.
* CANADA DAY (July 1st)
July 1 st is Canada Day! Apatriotic day celebrated by Canadians with fireworks and outdoor concerts and events throughout the nation. Originally known as “Dominion Day”, Canada Day was established in 1868.
* INTI RAYMI FESTIVAL (June 24th)
The Peruvian Winter Solstice, called Inti Raymi (literally translated as the festival of the Sun God), is held on June 24th this year. An ancient festival harking back to thedays of the Inca Empire, it is a ceremony of thanksgiving and spiritual preparation for the coming year. Present-day celebrations include re-enactments of the Inca ceremony outside the city of Cusco . It is celebrated for several days with parades, traditional music and dancing. For more information on Inti Raymi, check out this month’s culture highlight in our Travels section.
TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Many countries throughout the world celebrate the Christian holiday Easter. The roots of Easter stretch back to ancient celebrations of spring and the return of the sun. Today it is celebrated by Christians who believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead (returning the son to God).
Germany: Many German families decorate tree branches in vases withreal eggs and brightly coloured ornaments. These “Easter trees” are usually put up about 2 weeks before Easter.
Ukraine: Pysanky is an elaborate Ukrainian method of decorating Easter eggs using dyes and beeswax to make elaborate designs on the eggs. The design traditions are handed down from generation to generation and are extremely delicate and beautiful.
Greece: Greek celebrants bake atraditional bread called Tsoureki. This braided loaf of bread has a red egg baked into it to symbolize the blood of Christ. It is a sweet bread only baked on Good Friday.
Mexico: In Mexico entire communities get together to reenact the last days of Jesus, including his death and resurrection. Processions with drums and candlelight wind through the towns and sad songs are sung on Good Friday, as Jesus’death is remembered.
* ST. PATRICK’S DAY (March 17th)
St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland which celebrates the patron saint of the country, St. Patrick. Held on March 17th every year, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world by those of Irish descent (and those who are “Irish for a day”).
A parade is held in many of the Irish cities, towns and villages and aspecial mass is attended by many of the Irish Catholics. St. Patrick’s Day is considered a Catholic holy day in Ireland, though in recent years it has evolved into a more secular holiday.
The traditional emblem of St. Patrick’s Day is the green shamrock. St. Patrick was known for using the 3-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Christian Holy Trinity, and many of his followers wore the...