British people are known for their traditions. It varies from the weird to the wonderful, from the traditional to the popular, and from the simple to the grand. Read on and realize that there is more to Britain than plaid kilts, The Beatles and fish and chips.
HAVING A SUNDAY ROAST DINNER
One of the most iconic things about Britain is a Sunday roast dinner. Sunday is not a proper Sunday unless we have a roast dinner. And it’s the favorite meal of the week. Roast Chicken, Beef, Pork, Gammon or Lamb, it doesn’t matter what meat, Brits love a Sunday Roast. In fact they also like to mix it up a bit and have a couple of different types of meat, especially when they go out for a carvery. Roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings are a must.
PUTTING THE KETTLE ON
They don’t need an excuse to put the kettle on. If there is a crisis, or they are celebrating, or someone comes to visit the first thing they do is put the kettle on. There are some Brits are very particular in how tea should be made. Some of them have to add the milk last. A tea bag needs to stew in boiling water to get the full flavor, once it’s as dark in color, only then the milk should be added. Some people get angry if tea is not made correctly. This I totally understand. This rap by stand-up comedian Doc Brown explains it perfectly “My Proper Tea”. (Please note if cursing offends you, this rap is not for you)
Dunking biscuits in tea is serious business in Britain. There is even a website dedicated to the practice! According to those that have taken the tea dunking survey the plain digestive is their favorite biscuit to dunk. Dunking biscuits is fine when it comes to digestives, bourbons, custard creams or the hobnob. However it’s quite a different story if you have bought lesser known biscuits and tried the dunk. There is nothing worse than losing your biscuit in a fresh cup of tea. Many people try to grab it quick and if they are lucky will be successful, but some of them tend to let it sink. The only trouble with the sinking strategy is remembering it’s there. There is nothing worse than getting a mouthful of soggy biscuit from your last slurp of tea. Many people will refuse to drink the tea and make a fresh cup if they accidently dropped the biscuit.
WEARING SUMMER CLOTHES THE MINUTE THE SUN COMES OUT
Stripping off at the first sign on sunshine is a very British thing to do. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, if the suns out and it feels warm, they will strip for the occasion. If the sun is shining in winter, you can be sure to find some brave chap wandering the streets in a pair of shorts.
Brits pride themselves on being polite and using manners. However they do go overboard and apologize for everything. Even when they’ve done nothing wrong they still say sorry! Why do they do this? It might because a lot of the time when they use the word sorry they actually mean ‘excuse me’.
CHEERING ON THE UNDERDOG
They always love to see the underdog come out on tome. One prime example is how they all got behind Susan Boyle back in 2009. When she said she wished to be as successful as Elaine Page the judges and crowd collectively rolled their eyes and sneered. But the moment she began to sing, the crowd and the nation were behind her. It’s similar to how they all loved the first Rocky film, an average kid goes the distance with world heavyweight champion.
EATING A FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST
They all love a good full fry-up. It could say that the best place to get a full English breakfast is England. They need quality sausages, proper bacon, couple of eggs, fried or scrambled, tomatoes, beans, mushrooms and a fried slice of toast.
NEVER JUMPING THE QUEUE
It’s rare you will see a British person jumping the queue. Brits have the ability to queue nicely and wait their turn even if there are no barriers, signs or security enforcing them to do so. Their amazing queue etiquette was on display in Ed Sheeran’s concert when hundreds of his fans queued to enter the hall. There were no barriers in place but the fans formed a perfect ‘S’ queue and waited their turn to enter.
TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER
They talk about the weather as often as they say sorry. They are obsessed with talking about it. They are a small island and their weather is very unpredictable. It is all down to their location in the world. There is a lot of moisture in the air and water in the atmosphere makes the weather unpredictable. One day it can be warm enough for summer clothes, but the next cold enough for overcoats and central heating. They have had hot weather in November and cold weather in August. Luckily they are prepared to an extent, they all know all about layering clothing in this country. What they as a country are never prepared for is weeks and weeks of the same weather, be it a heat wave or snow.
EATING TURKEY ON CHRISTMAS DAY
The majority of families in the UK will eat turkey on Christmas Day. As a country they get through on average over 10 million turkeys at Christmas time. Often families do like to have other meats, but Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Turkey.
Knowing and understanding one country’s customs and traditions allows us to have a deeper understanding as to why people live such lives, say such things or do such actions. Being ready before going to study in UK! Let’s us help and support you.
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