October 31st is Halloween, and you can expect to meet witches and ghosts that night.
On that one night of the year, ghosts and witches are free. Well, that's the traditional story.
Christmas The word "Christmas" is derived from the words "Christ's Mass" - the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
An older tradition is Christmas mistletoe. People put a piece of this green plant with its white berries over a door. Mistletoe brings good luck, people say.
A Christmas tree stands in everybody's living room at Christmas, shining its good cheer around the room. Sitting on the very top of the tree is a silver star surrounded by tiny lights.
British children don't open their presents on December 24th. Father Christmas brings their presents in the night. Then they open them on the morning of the 25th.
British Christmas dinner is roast turkey with carrots, potatoes, peas, Brussels sprouts and gravy. There are sausages and bacon too. Then, after the turkey, there's Christmas pudding
Happy New Year The celebration of New Year's day varies according to the district. In the south of England, the festival of Christmas, lasting 12 days from December 25th, runs on well into the New Year.
On New Year's day all English schoolchildren make New Year resolutions. They make up lists of shortcomings which they intend to correct.