Thailand In Thailand New year celebrations are very funny. People throw water on each other, even at strangers! They roam the streets with buckets of water, water guns or even a garden house.
US In many parts of the US people eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day – for good luck. Another good luck vegetable is cabbage.
China New year celebrations in China last 15 days, and there are dragon parades and lion dances in the streets. Its the noisiest and most exciting holiday of the year. If the New Year falls on the year of any particular animal the Chinese try not to eat that animals meat.
They have a swim, play cricket or volleyball, surf or just sit around with family and friends enjoying Christmas dinner. Santa Claus arrives at Australian beaches on a surfboard quite a change from sliding down a chimney! And since the weather is hot he often wears a swimsuit or funny baggy shorts.
Many Christmas decorations and symbols are the same as in Great Britain or the USA: Christmas trees (usually plastic), Dickensian images of turkeys and plum puddings, snow scenes...
The rolling Shakespearean countryside, the romantic river Avon with its swans, the beautiful sixteenth-century Tudor cottages and all things theatrical bring to this little town visitors from all over the world. The largest crowd gathers there on the Bards birthday, this is April 23rd, the day when William Shakespeare was born and, by a strange coincidence, died.
On the way to Holy Trinity Church the procession pauses for the flag ceremony. The bugles are blown and then flags of many countries are unfurled, to applause from the crowd. At the same time, banners representing all the works by Shakespeare are unfurled on flag poles lining the streets.
There are lots of places in Stratford associated with Shakespeare and his life. The main attractions include: Shakespeares Birthplace (the house where William Shakespeare was born and spent his childhood);