Підручник Англійська мова 9 клас (5-й рік навчання) - М.О. Кучма - Богдан 2017 рік


Lesson 6 Holidays and Traditions

1. Complete the sentences with the Past Perfect or Past Simple.

1. When I left my school, I … (realise) that I … (forget) my English textbook.

2. She was happy because she … (take) the 1st place in the competition.

3. He … (buy) the car by the time I got there.

4. I … (not listen) to the joke because I … (hear) it before.

5. When he … (arrive) at the station, his train already … (leave).

2. Read about the holidays in Ukraine. Say which holidays are the most/ least popular with the students in your class. Explain the reasons.


There are 7 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.

Easter. The holiday of celebrating Christ Resurrection. The Easter egg is the most popular emblem of this holiday.

Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation (May 8). This holiday pays tribute to victims of the 1939-1945 World War II.

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.

Defenders’ Day (October 14). This day honors the courage and heroism of defenders of Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity, military traditions and feats of the people of Ukraine.

3. Read about the Remembrance Day in Great Britain. Say how you commemorate those who lost their lives during the wars.


Remembrance Day is observed throughout Britain in commemoration of the million or more British soldiers, sailors and airmen who lost their lives during the two World Wars. On that day special services are held in the churches and wreaths are laid at war memorials throughout the country and at London’s Cenotaph, where a great number of people gather to observe the two-minute silence and to perform the annual Remembrance Day ceremony.

On that day artificial poppies, a symbol of mourning, are traditionally sold in the streets everywhere, and people wear them in their button-holes. The money collected is used to help the men who had been crippled during the war and their dependants.

4. Discuss in small groups public holidays in Ukraine. If you were a president, what holidays would you change? Give your reasons.

5. Tell about the way you celebrate your favourite holiday.

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