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Britain is full of customs and traditions. Most of them are very old. Some traditions are so old that they look rather strange to modern people. But the British do not want to part with them. They are rather conservative. But their old customs and traditions make Britain a very attractive country for other nations who have lost their heritage.
London bus is one of Britain’s principal national symbols, the red double-decker buses are famous all over the world. You can see loads of them in London
The British like order in everything and queuing is one of their customs. There are no disorderly crowds even at English bus-stops. People stand in a line waiting for the bus and when a new person comes he stands at the end of the queue.
Shaking hands is an old English custom. It began in the Middle Ages when knights took off their steel gloves to show that they are not going to fight and took each other’s hands as a sign of friendly intentions
This habit is spread today all over the world. Meeting a person for the first time, you shake his hand. You say “How do you do?” This is not a question, it is a polite address. He also says, “How do you do?” If the person is of your age you can just say, “Hello”.
The English are a nation of stay-at-home. There is no place like home, they say. “The Englishman’s home is his castle”, is saying known all over the world.
The fire is the focus of the English home. What do other nations sit around? The answer is they don’t. They go out to cafes. For the English it is the open fire and the ceremony of English tea.
It is the custom to have a party to celebrate person’s birthday. Most British people have a house warming party when they move to a new flat or house. They have parties at home. They have them at Christmas and New Year’s Eve.