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St Valentine’s Day

St Valentine’s Day is on 14th February and many people send a card, flowers or chocolates to the one they love.

It is the day in February when the Christian period of Lent begins although not many people actually give up eating during this period.

  • Pancake Tuesday

It is the day before Ash Wednesday, people eat lots of pancakes.

  • Easter

At Easter time the English celebrate the idea of new birth by giving each other chocolate Easter eggs which are opened and eaten on Easter Sunday. On Good Friday bakers sell hot cross-buns. Easter Monday is a holiday and many people travel to the seaside.

April begins with a day of fun and jokes.

  • St George’s Day

23rd April is the England’s national day. St. George is a patron of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England. For most people this is just an ordinary day and they do not celebrate it.

  • May Day

A celebration of the end of the winter, it is connected with dancing.

  • Ascension Day

This day marks the last appearance of Jesus to the disciples after his resurrection at Easter. It is the 40th day after Easter Sunday.
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