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Family occasions, holidays There are some family occasions we celebrate: weddings, wedding anniversaries, birthdays, namedays and christening. Also special holidays are Christmas and Easter, and there are public holidays. Wedding: People can get married either in a church or in a registry office. They need two witnesses. In most cases the bride is dressed in white and the bridegroom is in black Sometimes there is a best man and bridesmaids. After the wedding ceremony there is a large reception where an enormous meal is eaten, the weddin cake is cut and toasts are drunk. The guests are dressed in their best clothes and dance to accordion music. Old traditions such as dancing with the bride at midnigh and the bride leaving to change clothes after the dance. The newly-married couple go on a holiday called honeymoon after the wedding party. Wedding anniversaries are often celebrated, too. Birhdays: People invite their friends and relatives and give a party.First of all a birhtday cake with

candles is bought or made for a birthday. The number of the candles show how old the person is. The celebrated person blows the candles while thinking of a desired thing or happening. Snacks, sandwiches and drinks are served at the party and sometimes there is some music for dance. Friends usually give presents and say many happy returns of the day Namedays: English people don’t celebrate namedays. In Hungary namedays are celebrated, but they are less important than birthdays. People like getting presents on namedays Christening: When a new baby arrives in a family, soon they have a christening ceremony in church and the wider members of the family meet and have a big meal. Christmas: Christmas is the greatest family festival for everybody. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, The Saviour of men. December 24th is Christmas Eve. The Christmas tree is decorated and children are given a lot of presents. Most families go to the midnight service in church On the first and

second day of Xmas families have big meals and visit each other in the afternoons. For brithis Children Santa Claus or Father Chistmas leaves presents in their stockings by their beds or under the tree. In britain the first day is called Christmas Day and the second is Boxing Day Carol singers: A week before christmas carol singers appear in the streets to announce the approach of the festival. They carry a Christmas crib with them and go from house to house performing the nativity play. It relates the story of Christ’s birth and the appearance of the three kings bringing presents to the son of god. Xmas meal: Brithis Xmas meal is traditionally a large dinner with turkey and Christmas pudding wich is made from dried fruits. Hungarian Christmas lunch is consist of stuffed cabbage and poppy-seed cake.The rest of the meal is usually beef soup followed by pork chops or turkey. 1 Easter: At Easter we celebrate Jesus Christ’s Ressurection, that is the rising of Jesus from the tomb 3

days after his Crucifixion. In Hungary a typical Easter Sunday breakfast consists of ham and hard boiled eggs. We usually have chicken soup, pork, beef or veal cutlet followed by some dessert for lunch. Most Easter traditions are associated with Easter Monday when boys visit their female friends and relatives to sprinkle them with perfume or water. Girls, in return, treat them to sandwiches, cakes and drinks and present them with painted or chocolate eggs. New Year’s Eve: On New Year’s Eve people sit up till after midnight to see the new year in.At midnight we sing the national anthem and drink champagne Some people go to parties and dances. Others watch comic shows on Tv Women’s Day: It is on 8 March. Boys and men buy flowers to their female friends or relatives for presents. It’s an international holiday Mother’s Day: It is celebrated on the first Sunday in May. Children send cards, give presents and flowers to their mothers. Valentine’s day: People send Valentine cards

to the person they love. Public Holidays in Hungary: On March 15th we comemorate the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence of 1848-1849. May 1st is a spring holiday when maypoles are put up in gardens. August 20th is the day of king Stephen I. On this day we commemorate the founding of our state almost a thousand years ago. On october 23rd we celebrate the declaration of the Hungarian Republic and commemorate the revolution of 1956. 2