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Festivals and Special Days

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1.����� The�Glastonbury Festival

It first took place in 1970 when 1,500 people met in a large field in the South West of England to listen to rock music, enjoy themselves, and spend time together in the countryside. In its early days it was seen as a festival for hippies, but now it attracts people of many types and ages who come to listen to different kinds of music. In 2000, the Glastonbury Festival was attended by over 100,000 people.

Halloween, 31st October

In the past, people believed that the spirits of dead people appeared on this day.� Today children celebrate Halloween by dressing up as witches and ghosts and going 'trick or treating.' They go out in groups and knock on people's doors, shouting 'Trick or treat!'�� People usually give them sweets or small presents as a treat.

Guy Fawkes' Night / Bonfire Night, 5th November

In Britain, people light bonfires and let off fireworks on 5th November.� Traditionally this is done to remember the time when Guy Fawkes tried (but failed) to destroy the British Houses of Parliament with gunpowder in the 17th century.
� Definitions of Halloween & Guy Fawkes' night
from the Longman Essential Activator Reproduced by kind permission of Addison Wesley Longman.

  1. Here are some very brief descriptions of the three events.�
  2. Complete the sentences with the possible festivals.

a) it has a long tradition

b) it is celebrated in lots of countries

C) it marks a historical event
d) it is a modern festival
e) young people especially enjoy it
f) it is a religious festival
g) it is connected with farming
h) some people say it is too commercial
Think about�three more British festivals or special days that you know and do the same.