There are fewer public holidays in Great Britain than in other European countries. There are: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday and Summer Bank Holiday. Public holidays in Britain are called bank holidays, because the bank as well as most of the offices and shops are closed.
The most popular holiday is Christmas. Before Christmas, groups of singers go from house to house. They collect money for charity and sing carols, traditional Christmas songs.
Christmas is a family holiday, Relatives usually meet for the big Christmas dinner of turkey and Christmas pudding. And everyone gives and receives presents. The 26th of December, Boxing Day, is an extra holiday after Christmas Day. This is the time to visit friends and relatives to perhaps sit at home and watch football.
New Year's Day is less popular in Britain that Christmas. But in Scotland, it is the biggest festival of the year.
Besides public holidays there are certain traditions which are carefully observed. One of the most impressive and popular is Changing The Guard which takes place at Buckingham Palace every day at 11:30 a.m.
Valentine's Day, February 14, is sweethearts' day, when people in love express their affection to each other in gay and merry way.