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British Life & Culture

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by Mandy Barrow

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British Special Days December 2013
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December 2013

Every year, the Norwegians donate a giant Christmas tree to stand in Trafalgar Square as a gesture of goodwill in return for help during the Second World War. It is lit in traditional white lights, carols are sung around the tree on various evenings up until Christmas Eve by groups in aid of charity.

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Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park London
A Big Wheel and other rides, an ice rink and a Christmas market
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, London
[usually performed on the first Thursday in December]
Advent Sunday - Start of Advent
Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ.
1 Dec
Great Christmas Pudding Race, London
Teams dressed in fancy clothes race around an obstacle course in Covent Garden.
5 Dec
Royal Variety Performance, London
Carol singing in the Square, London
Winter Solstice
Shortest Day of the year, when the Sun is at its most southern point
21 Dec
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Cambridge
At 3pm at King's College Chapel in Cambridge is a traditional carol service called "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols"
24 Dec

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve is not a public holiday in the UK. Public transport services may finish earlier than usual.

24 Dec
Christmas Day (Christian Festival)
(Bank Holiday / Public Holiday)
Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties.
25 Dec
Boxing Day (Bank Holiday) 26 Dec
St Stephen's Day 26 Dec
Hogmanay (Scotland) 31 Dec
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At midnight everybody joins hands and sings Auld Lang Syne.
31 Dec

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