Топик: English traditions
If you arrive in Great Britain you'll hear the word
“tradition” everywhere. Englishmen have sentimental love for things and
traditions. They never throw away old things.
In many houses in Great Britain they have fire-places
and though their bedrooms are awfully cold, the English people do not want to
have central heating because they do not want to have changes.
Therefore the Yeomen-Warders are dressed in
traditional medieval clothes and the traditional dress of the Horse Guards
regiment has existed since the twelfth century.
In the House of Lords of the British Parliament there
are two rows of benches for lords and a sack of wool for the Lord Chancellor to
sit on it. This is so because in the old times wool made England rich and
powerful. In the House of Commons you will see two rows of benches for the two
parties: the government on one side and the opposition — on the other. In front
of the benches there is the strip on a carpet and when a member speaking in the
House puts his foot beyond that strip, there is a shout “Order!”. This dates
from the time when the members had swords on them and during the discussion
might want to start fighting. The word “order” reminded them that no fighting
was allowed in the House.
Another old custom remains from the time when there
was a lot of robbers in London. In those days the shouting “Who goes home?” was
often heard in the Houses of Parliament and the members went in groups along
the dark narrow streets of the old city. In modem London with its well-lit
streets the shouting “Who goes home?” is still heard.
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