Unit 6 HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS
1. Listen, read and remember the words and word combinations.
To be honoured
2. Read the clues and put the letters in order to form the words. Make up sentences with these words.
1. To make something known officially or publicly
2. The respect from
3. To take place in order to make people remember a special event.
4. The state of being free and not controlled by another person, country, etc.
3. Read about the holidays in Ukraine.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN UKRAINE
There are 8 national holidays which are celebrated in Ukraine every year.
New Year’s Day (January 1). On this holiday people decorate New Year Tree with toys and colourful lights. The most common way of celebration is New Year parties. People have fun. When the clock strikes 12, they say to each other “Happy New Year!”
Christmas (January 7). Unlike the New Year with fun, firework and big celebration, it is a religious holiday.
Women’s Day (March 8). It is a good occasion for men to demonstrate their love and sympathy to the women around them. It is widely celebrated. It’s the day of mothers, grandmothers, sisters, sweet-hearts – of all the women.
Easter. The holiday of celebrating Christ Resurrection. The Easter egg is the most popular emblem of this holiday.
Victory Day (May 9). On May 9, 1945 people got the victory over the fascist Germany. On this day the veterans of war are congratulated, honoured and given flowers. Military parades and fireworks are typical of this holiday Constitution Day (June 28). This holiday commemorates the adoption of Ukrainian constitution in 1996.
Independence Day (August 24). This holiday is dedicated to the important event: Ukraine’s independence was proclaimed by the Ukrainian Parliament on August 24,1991.
Army Day (December 6). It is a holiday of the men, who served in the Ukrainian Military Forces.
4. Interview your classmate. The questions below will help you.
1. When do Ukrainian people celebrate the Independence Day?
2. Why is this holiday celebrated on this day?
3. What other public holidays in Ukraine do you know?
4. What holidays do you like, but they are not public ones?
5. Choose the correct word for each blank.
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1. People drink, eat and make… on this holiday. 2. The Verkhovna Rada passed the Declaration of State… . 3. On Women’s Day people… their mothers, sisters and wifes. They… them, joy, much fun and he>
6. Discuss in small groups the public holidays in Ukraine. If you were a president what holidays would you change? Give your reasons.