KIDS CULTURE CORNER
Kids in the UK are more likely to read a book than a comic book. You can find out more about what kids like to read in different countries and many other interesting facts at this website with information about all countries in the world.
Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Why do you think these countries share the holiday?
Part of the tradition of Boxing Day is giving money and other gifts to people who are in service jobs. No one knows for sure when or how the holiday started. What do you think? Hint: Hundreds of years ago the wealthy people who lived in England had their servants work on Christmas to make and serve the holiday meal.
The holiday has nothing to do with the sport of Boxing, but it probably has something to do with how gifts are given, or where people put money for needy families when they go to Church.
Guy Fawkes Day, November 5: In 1605, Guy Fawkes and other conspirators tried to blow up the British Parliament Building and King James I. The idea was to start a great uprising of English Catholics, who were upset by the laws against the practice of their religion. Guy Fawkes and his followers were captured, convicted and beheaded in 1606. November 5th is now celebrated as the anniversary of the plot. The holiday is celebrated with fireworks and bonfires on which dummies of Guy Fawkes are burned.
In the United States children learn many songs that came from the United Kingdom. Click here to see which of these songs you know.
These recipes seem like comfort food that people in the UK might seek out on a chilly, wet day.
Born in 1728 in England, Captain James Cook was the first recorded explorer to visit the Antarctic region. He also discovered the Hawaiian Islands, where he died in a battle with the natives. Find out more about James Cook here and by visiting the seasonal calendar.
JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, was born in the UK. Find out more about her and about Harry Potter from the link in the seasonal calendar.