Describing Events, Festivals and Ceremonies
When writing about a festival or ceremony you should give the
reader a clear picture of the event, along with descriptions of the
atmosphere, the people involved and their feelings.
Festivals are annual events. Therefore, when describing a
festival, the present tense should be used. The passive voice
should also be used to describe the preparations that take place1.
Brainstorm your description
Think about the following questions. Choose the points that are
relevant to your essay.
When and where is the festival celebrated? What does it look
What activities are organized in the festival?
Is it a religious festival?
What is special or interesting about it?
What can you do there? Do you recommend that people visit
2. Structure1. In the first paragraph, explain when and where
does the festival take place?
2. In the next paragraph(S), give more information about the
place both in general and in detail.
3. In the last paragraph, say why you/other people like it.3.
Content1. Give examples of the things /people can do in this
2. Explain why this festival is interesting or important.
3. Use a range of adjectives to describe the events and the
4. Write a first draft.5. Check your work! Have you followed the
Have you checked it for mistakes?
Have you used a variety of adjectives to describe the place? Do
your sentences have a subject?
Grammar Do your sentences follow English word order?
Do your subjects and verbs agree?Useful
USEFUL EXPRESSIONS (list of useful expressions and phrases)
Every year, the people of.celebrate..
People in Alcanar celebrate.
..is a big celebration
This holiday is in
It is called.
The festival comes from an ancient custom ..
In the evenings..
Its a religious festival devoted toRead the following models and
find out topic sentences which you can use in your writing.
My favorite celebrationMy favorite celebration is National
Independence Day. It takes place on September, 18 because in on
this day the country started its independence.
The National Day takes place in all homes of Chile. In this
party all people have a right to participate. The people eat,
dance, sing, participate in typical contests. The people eat
turnovers, drink chica, eat barbecue, dance cueca, wear huaso suit
and dress with flowers in all colours.
There are places where peas folkloricas and fondas takes place
and there are many typical food stalls. In this time of the year
the people are happy and share with their families. There are
typical games too. Other tradition is to put one flag to show love
for our homeland.
Model 2 Halloween
October 31 is Halloween. Halloween is a fun, joyful holiday,
celebrated in many countries around the world.
Millions of children will enjoy dressing up as witches, ghosts,
skeletons, superheroes, monsters and princesses at Halloween.
They parade through the local streets, "trick or treating",
while their parents keep an eye on them to check that they are
safe. When they knock on their neighbours doors, shouting "trick or
treat," they will usually be given candy or a sweet treat of some
sort, before heading off to the next house. Many adults will
celebrate Halloween by going to Halloween parties, while others
will enjoy telling scary stories or watching a Horror movie to get
into the spirit of things!
The holiday comes from an ancient Celtic custom of celebrating
the change from autumn to winter, known as All Hallows' Eve. Celtic
people believed that the spirits of the dead walked the earth and
mingled with the living on that day. They would leave sacrifices of
food for the spirits of the dead, and set fires to scare evil
spirits away and keep them from doing harm to the living. The masks
that people wore on All Hallows' Eve were meant to conceal their
identity, and prevent bad spirits from playing tricks on them.
Thanksgiving in Canada & The USA
Thanksgiving is a Canadian and North American harvest festival
and family holiday. People in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving on the
second Monday in October. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth
Thursday of November in the USA.
Thanksgiving is a big family celebration.
People travel from all over the country to be with their family
for the holiday.
Roads and airports get very busy over Thanksgiving weekend.
Many big cities hold parades and other special events.
The Thanksgiving MealThanksgiving was originally a Christian
Christian families often say a prayer (called grace) before
eating their Thanksgiving dinner.
Many non-Christians also enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving.
Traditional Thanksgiving foods include turkey with stuffing and
cranberry sauce, sweetcorn and sweet potatoes.
A sweet dessert called pumpkin pie is also eaten. 3