Festivals, Holidays and Sports in Britain. Sports- Football. Although various countries had some form of football at different times in history, it was in England that the modern rules for playing were developed.
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Although various countries had some form of football at different times in history, it was in England that the modern rules for playing were developed.
The English public schools made up rules for the games of football that were meant to turn the games from the rough and tumble clashes common among the general population into more fair and less violent sports, with more team spirit.
Football games are extremely popular, and even though the games themselves are relatively peaceful, spectators can turn violent at times.
Troublemakers at British football games are called “hooligans”, and often supporters of opposing teams will form gangs and get into fights with each other, so police put very strict controls upon the people attending games.
For most non-religious people, Christmas is a time to visit friends and family, and to give gifts to children.
Children hang up ‘Christmas stockings’ over the fireplace on Christmas Eve, the night before Christmas Day, and during the night Father Christmas (also known as Santa Claus) is supposed to visit and leave the children presents in their stocking.
The actual religious meaning of Easter to Christians is to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and his resurrection from the dead.
The Queen’s Birthday is also celebrated in Britain, although it is not on her actual birthday, it is just a standard date when there are various parades and celebrations held around Buckingham Palace, the traditional home of the royal family.
The separate countries which make up the UK also celebrate their own various festivals.
In 1605, a plan was discovered to blow up the British parliament and kill the king and the parliamentary members inside, called the Gunpowder plot, because they planned to use gunpowder as the explosive.
It was planned by catholics in order to replace the Protestant king with a catholic one.
The plan failed, and the people planning it were executed.