Підручник Англійська мова 5 клас (5-й рік навчання) - А.М. Несвіт - Генеза 2018 рік

Unit 8. Holidavs and Traditions

Lessons 5-6

1. a) Read in groups. Take notes or draw pictures.

b) Speak in class. Tell your classmates about the English holidays you’ve read about.

Holidays in Britain

There are several public holidays and festivals in Great Britain. The most favourite ones are Christmas, New Year’s Day, Mother’s Day, St. Valentine’s Day, May Day and Halloween.


The English celebrate Halloween on the 31st of October. In the evening boys and girls put on different old and funny clothes or costumes and wear masks. They take with them a lantern made of a pumpkin. They cut out slits for two eyes, a nose and a mouth and put a lighted candle inside. So the pumpkin looks like a face.

People call it ‘jack-o’-lantern’. Children go from house to house, knock at the doors and call, “Trick or treat?” People ask them to come into their houses and give them candies, fruit, cakes and other tasty things.

Halloween is a nice holiday.

May Day in Old England

In Old England May Day was a spring holiday. Young people celebrated this day with flowers, dances and games.

On the first Sunday in May people put up a maypole tree. They decorated it with flowers and ribbons of different colours. The dancers held the ribbons and moved around the tree.

On that day the girls of the village put on their best summer dresses and put flowers in their hair. The most beautiful girl became the May Queen. Her crown was made of nice spring flowers. Young people danced a lot and played different games.

Nowadays English children celebrate this holiday in many parts of the country. They crown their May Queen, dance around the maypole tree and have fun.

2. Agree or disagree.

1. English people celebrate Halloween on the 30th of October.

2. Children usually don’t stay at home at Halloween.

3. On the first Sunday in May people put up a Christmas tree.

4. English children celebrate May Day in many parts of the country.

3. Read and complete the sentences.

1. There are several … and … in Great Britain.

2. The English celebrate Halloween on … .

3. People make … and go from house to house.

4. The house owners treat their quests with … .

5. Young people celebrated May Day in old England with … .

6. The most beautiful girl became … .

4. Work in groups of four. Look through the text of Ex. 1, pp. 172-173 and make a list of activities people usually do on holidays. Then use your lists to talk about the celebrations.

Conversation Lab

5. Work in pairs. Emma has invited you to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day together. You phone her and ask some questions (e.g. how to get to her house, etc.) Complete and act out the dialogue.

A: How can I get to your house?

B: Take Bus 32, City - London Zoo.

A: Where is the bus stop?

B: Do you see that supermarket over there? The bus stop is just in front of it.

A: Thank you.

6. Put the verbs in brackets in the Present Simple or the Past Simple Tense. Then write the sentences.

1. My parents usually … (to give) me presents at Christmas.

2. My Granny (to cook) special food for Christmas last year.

3. Ann … (not / to like) to stay at home.

4. English children … (to wear) special clothes at Halloween.

5. They . (to have) a nice party now.

6.(you / to send) New Year postcards to your friends last year?

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