April Fool’s Day

On the first day of April, we celebrate April Fool’s Day. Children tell jokes and play pranks on others, but be careful – if you fool someone after midday, 12 o’clock, it’s you who becomes the fool!

Here are some English jokes I loved to tell my friends at school:

What do cows do at the weekend?
They go to the moo-vies!
cow

What do spiders do on the computer?
They surf the web!
spider computer

A patient is at the doctor’s office.
Patient: Doctor, Doctor, help me! I think I’m invisible!
Doctor: Next patient, please!
doctor

What fish only swims at night?
A starfish!
starfish

Why is 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7 8 9! (7 ate 9)

 

Do you know any cool jokes to tell on April Fool’s Day?

Valentine’s Day

 

The 14th of February is Valentine’s Day, a day full of romance and love! Let’s find out more…

On this day, couples exchange gifts like chocolate or jewellery.
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But Valentine’s Day is not just for couples – it’s also the perfect opportunity to confess your love to someone! And if you receive a card like this, with a poem inside…

Valentines-Day-Card

 

 

 

 

 


Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
My heart is full
of love for you!

You know you’ve got a secret admirer!

 

Here are some songs that you can sing on Valentine’s Day:

“1, 2, I like you” – holiday jazz chant, Caroline Graham

“A-E-I-O-U, I love you” – Muzzy in Gondoland

 

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Groundhog Day

 

Groundhog Day is on February 2 each year. The day is celebrated in the United States and in Canada. On this day, we watch the groundhog.

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Groundhog Day is the day when people look to the groundhog to predict the weather for the next six weeks.

If it is cloudy, the groundhog will come out of his burrow and, spring will begin soon. We will have an early spring.

If it is sunny, the groundhog will see his shadow and return to his burrow for six more weeks of winter sleep.There will be six more weeks of winter.

 

A small chant for the day:

I see a little groundhog, furry and brown,
He’s popping up to look around.
If he sees his shadow, down he’ll go.
Six more weeks of winter – oh, no!

Check out the links below!

http://viewpure.com/bXnLAEG89ns?start=0&end=0 ( histoire racontée )

http://viewpure.com/NG961Nl1WnY?start=0&end=0 ( chanson )

Hogmanay in Scotland

In Scotland on the 31st of December we celebrate Hogmanay!

Hogmanay is the Scottish word for New Year’s Eve. We have many different new year traditions!

In many Scottish cities, the Hogmanay celebrations start on the 30th of December with a torchlight procession.
torchlight-procession

In the evening of the 31st, all the family gathers together to have a meal. Traditionally, the house must be clean and tidy (even the insides of the kitchen cupboards!); and all debts must be paid. This is so that we start the new year well!

To finish the night, many people go to a traditional party called a ceilidh. There’s lots of Scottish folk music and everybody dances. It’s a great night!

On the 1st of January; New Year’s Day, it’s very difficult to wake up, so why not go for a refreshing “dook” in the river?
loony-dook

We have an expression in Scots: “Lang may yer lum reek!” Literally, it means “May your chimney always be smoky”, and we use it to wish our friends and family warmth and happiness for the year. So, lang may yer lum reek!

New Year in Scotland !

On the last day of the year we celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of another! At midnight there is a countdown – ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one….. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Everyone sings a Scottish song called Auld Lang Syne that is originally a poem by a Scottish man called Robert Burns. The words ‘Auld Lang Syne’ translates from an old Scottish dialect to ‘Old Long Since’. The song is about love and friendship!

Everybody stands in a big circle, crosses their arms, hold hands with the next person and sings….

‘Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind,

Should auld acquaintance be forgot;

For auld lang syne’

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On the 1st  January lots of people make New Year Resolutions. This is a list of promises to oneself for the New Year. The New Year is a fresh start!

Here are some examples:

  • I will eat more vegetables. veg
  • I will go to the gym three times a week.gym

 

 

  • I will be nicer to my brothers.
  • I will learn my English verbs.

Saint Andrew’s Day

In Scotland, we celebrate our national day on the 30th of November – Saint Andrew’s Day!

 

Legends tell us that Saint Andrew created the Scottish flag – a white cross on a blue background. The blue backgroud represents the sky, and the white cross is the clouds.


(The orange text is a regional Scottish language called Gàidhlig)

 

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, but Saint Andrew’s Day is not a religious celebration. It’s a day where we celebrate Scottish culture, food, music, clothes and any other Scottish thing you can think of!

 

On the 30th of November, lots of men wear kilts. It’s a tradition!

 

We eat a traditional Scottish dinner with the family – haggis, neeps and tatties. Neeps is a Scottish word for turnip and tatties are potatoes.

 

And then we go to a cèilidh, a traditional party where we sing, dance, and listen to Scottish folk music.

 

It’s lots of fun! Happy Saint Andrew’s Day, everyone!