Exotic festivals

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Lessons 7-8 Exotic festivals


1 Look at the and discuss these questions in pairs:

1 What are these people doing?
2 What country might it be?
3 Why are they doing this?
4 Which of these events would you be interested in taking part in?



2 Match the following words to their definitions.



3 А. Read an encyclopedia entry about Notting Hill Carnival. Which of the features mentioned in the text can you see in picture A?


Natting Hill Carnival is a street carnival in the Notting Hill district of London, The carnival has been In existence since 1966 and takes place on the last weekend in August. It was the inspiration of black immigrants from the Caribbean, particularly from Trinidad, where a great pre-Lenten carnival has been held for many decades. From simple beginnings, it has developed Into a huge multicultural arts festival attended by up to two million people. Following the tradition  of the Trinidadian carnival, great emphasis is placed on fantastic costume displays and stetl drum music. Calypso songs and soca (a mixture of soul and calypso) are also  essential elements in the festivities. In addition to the lively procession of costume, soca, and steel bands which winds , its way over a route of some 7.5 km of the area, the festival also plays host to other musicians playing reggae and hip hop , as well as hundreds of street stalls selling exotic food s and crafts from all parts of the world.


B. Read the texts again and choose the right options.

1 In 1966:

a) the first festival was held.
b) the festival became popular.
c) the Notting Hill district of London appeared.

2 The carnival:

a) is over on the last weekend of August.
b) lasts for a week in August.
c) is held on the last weekend of

3 The most important part of this festival is:

a) selling souvenirs,
b) costume display and music.
c) selling exotic foods.

4 Besides food one can buy:

a) a small boat.
b) some hand-made things created in different countries.
c) exotic flowers.


4 Fill in the gaps with the words from the box.


St Patrick's Festival (1) ... since 1996. From a oneday (2) ... it has developed into a 5-day (3) ... , the biggest in Ireland, It (4) ... in March in Dublin. (5) ... of music, street theatre, fireworks and dances attract a lot of participants and spectators. The (6) ... has become an (7) ... element olthe Festival.


 festival                                      celebration                            essentIal
parade                                       takes place                             has been in existence .
carnival .

Language Work

5  A. Work on the tenses.

1 DMde the text in ex. 3A into three parts: definition, history and present day.
2 Find out what tenses are used for describing the festIval.
3 Copy the table and fill it in with the verb forms from the text.


B. Read this encyclopedia entry describing another festival called Holi.

. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tenses (active or passive).

Holl. an important Hindu spring festival and, in western India where it (1) (connect) ... with the wheat harvest, a harvestfestival. It (2) (celebrate) .._ on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Phalguna. The legend that accounts for the festival (3) (describe) ... how a young prince, Prahlada, (4) (defy) ... his father by worshipping the god Vishnu. As a result, his father (5) (allow) ... him to be carried into the fire by the female demon, Holika, who claimed she herself (6) (be) ... fireproof. Through Vishnu's rvention, Holika (7) (burn) ... to death but Prahlada was unharmed. On the first day of this two-day festival, bonfires (8) (light) ... and effigies of HoIIka placed in the centre to represent the triumph of virtue and religion over evit. On the secood day of the festival  people (9) (throw)...coloured water and powder on each other. Holi is also a time of good will, when people payor forgive debts. (10) (make up) ... quarrels, and wish each oIher good luck.



wbeat barvest - ypожай пшеницы
account for - давать объяснение
defy - пойти против
worsbg. - поклоняться
effigy - чучело
virtue - добродетель


6 Wort in pairs. Prepare a description of a festival popular  in your region.

. Use !he words in the Language Support box.



7 Look at the flow-chart and write your own description of a festival popular in your region.


O. Л. Гроза, О. Б. Дворецкая, Н. Ю. Казырбаева, В. В. Клименко, М. Л. Мичурина, Н. В. Новикова, Т. Н. Рыжкова, Е. Ю. Шалимова, Английский язык нового тысячелентия, Учебник английского языка для 10 класса общеобразовательных учреждений. — 2-е изд. — М. Титул, 2004. — 175 с, ; ил.

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