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Customs and Traditions

A good start to gaining some understanding of the lives of people living in a country is to look at their cherished customs and traditions. These illustrate not only what is important to the people living there, but also how they relax and have fun.

Customs and Traditions in Britain

Britain is full of culture and traditions which have been around for hundreds of years. British customs and traditions are famous all over the world. When people think of Britain they often think of people drinking tea, eating fish and chips and wearing bowler hats, but there is more to Britain than just those things.


Daily Life and Social Customs

Houses, Leisure, Sports, Work, Family, Kinds of Shops, Food and Drink, Clothes, Music, Vacations, Money, Pubs,

Social Class , Etiquette,

Find out more here about daily life in Britain


Calendar Customs

Calendar Customs are those which happen on on specific day of the year.

Special Days and Events throughout the Year - Calendars of events, special days, national holidays, festivals and celebrations which take place in the UK.

British Folklore, Legends and Superstitions Calendar - Take our adventurous journey through the year with lots of stops along the way to learn about almost forgotten legends and pastimes from our country's folk history.

Unusual Customs and Traditions - A long time ago the year was marked out with special days which marked the passing year. These were days of celebrations where people would do things, eat things or make things which they would not normally do. Cheese rolling, Nettle Eating, Toe Wrestling, Bog Snorkelling are just a few of the strange, bizarre, wacky, eccentric and even mad festivals still taking place in Britain today.

Royal Customs and Ceremonies

Our Monarchy (royal family) is over a 1,000 years old. Many of the royal ceremonies carried out today are steeped in history.



What is a custom?

A custom is the usual way of behaving or acting

What is a tradition?

A tradition is a custom, opinion or belief handed down from on generation to another, often orally or by practice.


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