Britain or the UK has been a travel destination for years to most people in the world. They particularly like to visit during the summer holiday and be gone to their country long before winter. Just a few of them know about the traditions or culture of the British.
This post is to give you an idea of how the British behave and their way of life.
- Cheese Rolling: Cheese rolling is a very unusual tradition but the British seem to dig it. All it involves is a ball of Double Gloucester cheese and a crowd that is willing to chase it for fun. That’s ALL. It is said to take place on Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire, England with a steep slope whereby the participants have no choice but to stumble their way down to the finish line where, hopefully, the cheese awaits. This event takes place every Spring Bank Holiday Monday of the year at 12 in the afternoon to participate in or witness this sport which dates back to the 15th century.
- Morris Dancing: It is said to be both art and history in motion and It usually involves dancing with sticks, handkerchiefs or swords in a style that is depicted mainly by a location. This type of dance is performed on special occasions such as early summer for Oxfordshire and during Christmas and New Year for Yorkshire.
- Pub: This is a short term for “public house.” A British pub is a place in the neighbourhood where people gather for drinks and discussions after daily activities. There are many DO’s and DONT’s of a pub but you should get in there yourself to find out.
- Afternoon Tea: This is a proper British thing to partake of, afternoon tea has become a socially-acceptable and rather a delightful excuse to meet people from 2 until 4 o’clock in the evening. The afternoon tea came about in the year 1840 when Anna Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, would ask for snacks in between lunch and dinner. Seeing as it became a repeated occurrence, and she began inviting friends over.
- Queuing: The next time you see yourself wanting to cut a line because your middle name is impatient, think of the humbling history of queuing which traces back to World War II. English people are so disciplined that they follow invisible lines and maintain an organized line for just about anything.
- The Queen’s Speech: The Queen’s Speech aka Speech from the Throne, is a speech made by the reigning queen at the opening of the Parliament. Here, she addresses the legislature and speaks about the agenda of the Government. The speech is usually written by the monarch’s advisors, with the queen having the final decision on its contents.
- Telephone Box: This is one of the most recognizable British icons. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1924 and was launched by the post office as the K2 in 1926. It was later redesigned as the K6 in honour of King George V’s silver jubilee. With the desire to preserve British heritage in mind, the K6 has now welcomed more diverse purposes for its space. From being a salad stop to housing a library of books etc
- Sarcasm: The British people can be defined with the word Sarcasm. It is said to be used on a daily basis as they find humour in almost everything, they tend to use sarcastic remarks to make fun of the situation. Apart from sarcasm, the Brits are also known to use self-deprecation, irony and understatements to joke around.
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