Ideally, house roofs would be made by usual stone or concrete carvings to top of beautifully constructed houses anywhere in the world. But in Britain, thatching roofs through the use of straw of grasses has been noticeable and have actually been an attraction to it, a practice that dates back to the Bronze Ages of the English nation.
Thatched roofs would usually represent the poor and peasant population for most countries where it is used. However, in Britain, this is entirely different. Outside that of classy and preserved cultural traditions, they hold a more lightweight type of constructing homes.
The use of thatches was evident during the primary ages. Life was not as advanced in the early ages and the main focus was to make do with whatever materials they could see and was available. Some people considered it a sign of poverty, but today, they are classic examples of preserving traditions due to their rare appearance in English regions today.
[tags]english houses, english roofs, thatching, bronze age[/tags]
April 1 has always been known to be the day that everyone would term as April Fools Day. It is a day where friends and pranksters play jokes on their friends and colleagues. British customs call for it to be done before noon, otherwise, the joke would boomerang with the known rhyme “April Fool is gone and past, you’re the bigger fool at last”.
Common pranks would be similar to asking a person to find something or go somewhere when in fact they do not really exist. Such is a common practice done all over the world, although no one really knows where it all started. There are theories however and one of them traces back to the British roots. Among them:
“People used to give presents to one another. In 1564, Charles IX, the French king, adopting the Gregorian calendar and fixed January 1st as New Year’s Day. Those who were against the revision continued to express their complaints by giving presents or paying New Year’s visits on April 1st. In the following years, these traditionalists who insisted on celebrating the New Year at its old time were mocked as fools and people would play pranks and tricks on them and called them ` Poisson d’avril ‘, meaning April Fish.- British Culture, British Customs and British Traditions”
[tags]english occassions, april fools, jokes, pranks[/tags]
England is known to be a country that is quite passionate on the sports it plays in. Among them, football and rugby are the two most famous sports that draws the attention of all English people, especially when tournaments and events are in season.
Rugby is somehow similar to football where a player would have to go through a gauntlet of players to bring a ball and run from one part of the field to another. Rugby is rough in the sense that tackles and rough play are encountered in it. The objective is to stop an offense from running and penetrating and this includes trying to bring down the player at all costs.
Rugby was believed to be discovered when an Englishman, William Web Ellis, picked up a ball and ran with it during a football match. Rugby union is a sport that is quite famous team sport throughout England and annual competitions such as the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup are held.
[tags]rugby, football, injuries, england, english, rugby union[/tags]
One of the more popular sports today is football. While everyone is aware of the American style of football that the National Football League (NFL) offers, England also has its share of wide followers for this game that they consider among their national sports. Football in England is very much followed and since people are very much into the sport, it tends to go out of hand, showing the desire and attachment that people have for the sport.
The English style of football is however in the form of soccer where it is mostly the legs that are used rather than a highly physical American football game similar to rugby, another national sport that England considers. The best football or soccer players are easily born from English nations since people serve this sport as a part of their daily rituals and practices.
The large success of the UEFA Champions league is evidence that England does indeed put premium in it soccer matches such as the World Cup which is composed largely of English nations and some other countries like the United States, Korea, Japan and China.
[tags]rugby, uefa, football, soccer[/tags]
Each year come November 30, people would celebrate St. Andrew’s day, the recognized patron saint of Scotland. For people who know their history, many would not that Andrew is among the 12 disciples of Jesus. It is believed that he was crucified as well on an x-shaped cross which in turn has become the reason for Scotland’s symbolic national flag.
St. Andrew’s day is a feast day that is celebrated by farm workers by catching hares and rabbits in the early years. Today, this has changed and people simply celebrate through eating fish and other traditional Scottish foods known today such as porridge, haggis and pudding.
Each country has its own traditional belief on how to celebrate certain holidays as recognized locally and St. Andrew’s Day is something that is celebrated with honor in Scotland and through all of England. These dates are of significant interest in the same way that other local declared holidays based on traditional beliefs are done.
[tags]st. andrew’s day, holiday, religious, Jesus, english tradition, english facts[/tags]
When a person would talk about football, it would immediately point towards the NFL of the Americans. But England has its share of love for the sport, mostly participating in the league that has now been acclaimed worldwide, that of which is the UEFA league. Soccer is a sport that has garnered quite an attention especially when the World Cup takes center stage.
The passion and love for the sport can be seen. In the same way that other sports have been embraced and treated with such animosity, the same holds true for soccer fanatics in England. Truth of the matter is that a lot of the best players are located in this part of the world, something which justifies why most of the best teams are situated in England.
Soccer is also known all over the world as a good sport to follow and watch. But for Englishmen, it is simply more than a sport but a passionate rugged activity that has caught the attention of the world today.
[tags]uefa, soccer, football, england[/tags]
Depending on the sensitivity of a person, names used to call someone who may be around would get the wrong idea since they are simply easily identifying factors to note on the person in the way that they would perhaps describe them. To other cultures, this may be a bad way of citing a person but to the English, it is a form of christening when it comes to tagged names.
Among the tagged names that people may call others include dear, dearie, chuck, me duck and so on. For people who are not used to this, they may think that they are making fun of them but when they are actually not. Such practices are known in England and to be able to determine the actual meaning, a person may act dumb at times and act why they were called those names.
Most people would be surprised at the different approach of social interaction in England. But once they have been briefed, a better understanding of the practice and name calling can be expected.
[tags]english tradition, name calling, english culture[/tags]