Festivals and Celebrations in Britain 2
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland - but he was, in fact, British.

Festivals and Celebrations in Britain 2

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.

In KS1 children will be taught about some of the festivals followed in Britain and this is the second of two quizzes covering the subject. 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. Which relative is honoured in March or early April?
    Mother's Day, or Mothering Sunday, is now a day to honour mothers and other mother figures
  2. Ramadan is observed by muslims in this country and around the world. How do they observe it?
    Ramadan is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims in the United Kingdom and all over the world
  3. On the last day of the year, we celebrate New Year's Eve. What is this called in Scotland?
    In Scotland, the Hogmanay celebrations may last for one or two more days, as both January the 1st and 2nd are bank holidays
  4. The Welsh celebrate their patron saint's day on the 1st of March. Who was he?
    Many people pin a daffodil or leek to their clothes and some, especially children, wear traditional costumes
  5. What happens during the winter solstice?
    Being the shortest day of the year also means that people in the areas north of the Arctic Circle towards the North Pole will see no sun and have 24 hours of darkness!
  6. At the end of November, people in Scotland have a holiday to celebrate their patron saint. Who is he?
    In Edinburgh, there is a week of celebrations, concentrating on musical entertainment and traditional ceilidh dancing
  7. In December, Jewish people celebrate a festival of light. What is it called?
    It's also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. It is a time for many Jewish communities in the United Kingdom to celebrate the miracle of the sanctified oil
  8. Who has magnificent New Year celebrations in February?
    Chinese communities across the UK hold New Year parades and public celebrations close to the first day of the Chinese year
  9. Saint Patrick's Day is mainly celebrated in which country?
    It is a national holiday in Ireland and commemorates one of its patron saints, St Patrick - though he was from Britain
  10. February the 14th is a special day for certain people - who are they?
    Valentine's Day is an ancient festival when many people send cards, gifts or messages to their partner or somebody for whom they have romantic feelings

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