Festivals and Celebrations in Britain 1
At Halloween things get a little bit spooky!

Festivals and Celebrations in Britain 1

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with studying British festivals, traditions and celebrations.

A nation as wide and diverse as ours has a lot to celebrate. Some traditional British celebrations can be traced back over hundreds of years. Young children love traditions and celebrations and they may be familiar with many of our festivals, so studying them can be fun!

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  1. St. George's Day is celebrated on the 23rd of April. What was St. George supposed to have done?
    The legend is that St George was a Roman soldier who killed a dragon to rescue a princess!
  2. On one day of the year it is acceptable to play tricks and jokes on friends and family. When is this?
    This day is known as 'April Fools' Day'. Even newspapers, TV and radio shows often feature fake stories on this day
  3. Europe’s biggest street festival happens in July. Where does it take place?
    It is called the Notting Hill Carnival. Around 1 million people go to see colourful floats and dancers in flamboyant costumes dance to music
  4. Why are bonfires lit on the 5th of November?
    This date marks the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate King James I in 1605
  5. On the 25th of January, a famous Scotsman's life is celebrated. Who was he?
    Many Scottish people hold a special supper (dinner) on Burns’ Night, a celebration of Robert Burns, with toasts and readings of his poetry
  6. What is the day after Christmas Day called?
    It’s believed to have been named after the ‘Christmas box’ of money or gifts which employers used to give to servants and tradesmen
  7. At the end of October things get a bit spooky! What do we celebrate?
    The modern way of celebrating Halloween is based on the Christian feast of All Hallows’ Eve and the Celtic festival of Samhain. Trick or treat?
  8. Pancake Day signals the beginning of Lent. What name is it also known by?
    Lent is the traditional Christian period of fasting, which lasts for 40 days. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent, when households would traditionally use up their eggs, milk and sugar by making pancakes
  9. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, who do we remember?
    The Royal British Legion charity sells paper poppy flowers to raise funds for veterans and their families. The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance Day
  10. The 21st of June is the Summer Solstice. What does this mean?
    Lots of people celebrate the solstice by watching the sunrise

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