England is one of the biggest and most culturally influential countries in the world. The UK has one of the best musicians, artists, actors and writers in the whole world! It is a powerful and rich country with a great history and many lovely traditions.
That being said it’s no wonder they have one of the best annual festivals and happenings in the world. Here are some places and events you should definitely attend this year.
Christmas Celebration in London
Christmas has to be the most joyous time of the year for everyone. The snow is falling and making everything look magical and pure. It is a holiday of sheer happiness and delight. Just think about those home-baked cookies, sitting by a warm fireplace and enjoying the company of your lovely family.
But there are other ways you can celebrate this holiday of joy. The most important thing about celebrating any holiday is who you are spending your time with. You can celebrate this delightful holiday in Britain’s best Christmas office parties or experience the most beautiful Christmas lights in Oxford Street in London.
But the most important thing to remember at Christmas is to share with people, be polite and you will feel rewarded. That is the best present anyone can get, being happy with yourself.
Drink Beer on St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. This cheerful holiday has spread out to the world. The Irish green beer is something we all love to indulge in on this day. But where better to celebrate this great holiday than in the country of its origin.
It is a celebration of Irish culture and of its patron saint St. Patrick. The symbol of the festival is a shamrock which represents the Holy Trinity. Masses of people wearing green shirts, hats, and scarfs walk the streets on this day and there is a great atmosphere in the air. The Irish usually like to eat some of their traditional food on this day. Irish brown bread, Beef, and Guinness pie, Irish stew and Irish potato champ.
St Patrick’s Day parades have a reputation for being one of the most fun events of the year. Irish and non-Irish people gather around to celebrate their spirited culture, listen to their traditional upbeat music and enjoy their traditional folk dance. Who knows maybe you will even spot a leprechaun hiding a pot of gold?
Party at Glastonbury Festival in England
Every festival lover must attend the Glastonbury Festival at least once in their lifetime. This one of the greatest events in British culture. It was inspired by hippie and counterculture movements. We can say it’s the British version of the legendary Woodstock Festival.
This is not only a music festival but a festival of many arts. You will be able to experience major dance performances, comedy acts, theatre plays, circus, and cabaret. It’s a five-day festival so you will have more than enough time to experience some of these fine acts. The atmosphere of the festival is simply contagious. You’ll dance till dawn listening to one of the most influential music artists today.
The Glastonbury Festival has hosted artists like Led Zeppelin, Gorillaz, Jay-Z, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West, Florence, and the Machine, Beyoncé and many many more.
Maks on Guy Fawkes Night
“Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason, and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever forget”
If you watched and enjoyed the movie V for Vendetta than this festival is the perfect place to be. Although the people here don’t actually celebrate the plot itself rather than the plot didn’t succeed. Nevertheless, it’s a really fun time to be in England.
People celebrate the survival of King James I by lighting bonfires all around London. And expect to see many extravagant firework displays. There is a custom where men chase each other through the streets with lit tar barrels. Which sounds a bit dangerous, but hey if you’re careful nothing can go wrong.
The main reason many people attend this festival is because of the astonishing fireworks fired throughout the whole country. Imagine the 4th of July but in a British way.
Enjoy Notting Hill Carnival Event
Notting Hil Carnival is the second largest Carnival in the world after the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. This is the time when London truly gets alive. Everyone runs down the streets to experience this lovely and vibrant energy.
The festival lasts for two days sometime in August. This a tradition taking place from 1966! It attracts around a million people each year. Not only is it a fun and joyous festival but it also has a big cultural impact on Black British culture.
You’ll experience a parade of exotic dancers, vibrant and lively music, crowds of excited people and will be a part of one of the biggest street festivals in the world.
Whatever festival you choose to go to, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate in this fine country, it will be, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of your life. England has a reputation for hosting many major events and being a part of one is something you will definitely never forget.