Describe a holiday you have recently celebrated.
You should say:
- what holiday it was
- how you celebrated it
- who was with you
and explain why celebrating this holiday was important to you
Sample Answer 1
Talking about holidays is one of my favourite subjects because it usually carries some fun and memorable experiences. In fact, some of these fun and great experiences are still very much fresh in my memory, as I have recently celebrated an important holiday, which I want to talk about in a moment.
The holiday, I want to talk about, was one of the important national holidays of Bangladesh, celebrated in order to mark the beginning of a new Bengali calendar year, which is, of course, different from the new English or Gregorian calendar year. This time, the holiday was marked on 14th of April, and all the offices, schools, banks and other important establishments of my county remained closed on that day.
This holiday coincides with one of the major harvesting periods of my country and celebrated in order to carry forward our Bengali cultural heritage, and its pride, with a festive mood all over my country. Anyway, the holiday is marked with singing, processions, and fairs. Traditionally, businesses start this day with a new ledger, clearing out the old one. Singers perform traditional songs welcoming the New Year. People enjoy classical “theatrical” plays and performances, and they also wear festive dresses, with women, decorating their hair with flowers especially.
People of Bangladesh prepare and enjoy varieties of traditional festive food during this holiday which may include “panta bhat” (watered rice), “ilish bhaji” (fried Hilsa fish) and lots of special “bhartas” (mashed vegetables and fishes). I also enjoyed this great holiday with some of my friends by attending a fair, visiting some of my relatives, as well as by eating some traditional food items at one of my favourite restaurants of my hometown.
Anyway, this holiday was important to me because it allowed me to visit some of my dear friends and relatives whom I haven’t met in a long time. Besides, it also allowed me to recover from the fatigue of a busy working life, by helping me enjoy my time in the company of my family and friends, which was well overdue.
Sample Answer 2
A recent holiday that I celebrated was the “Eid-ul-Fitr” and the celebration took place a few months ago. Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the major festivals in our country, and it is an important holiday for Muslims all around the world. I celebrated it with my parents, siblings, friends and relatives in my hometown and it was one of the best holidays of my life. Each year this day is widely celebrated by the Muslims with great enthusiasm, fervour and religious norm.
I had 4 days off for the occasion and I was in my hometown in those days. Before the Eid day, I did some shopping for my family members and relatives. On the Eid day, I wake up early in the morning, took a shower and went to the Mosque to say my prayer. We wore new clothes on the day and my mom cooked several delicious food items at home. We went to visit some of our neighbours and relatives in the evening and spent a great day with joy and happiness with friends and relatives.
This Eid day is very significant for Muslims and they celebrate it with great joy and religious norm. For me, this is religiously important and I can be with my family members on this occasion.
Sample Answer 3
Recently I got a holiday for about 4-5 days based on our office holiday calendar on the occasion of Christmas and I really enjoyed this holiday. After scheduled work and several deadlines, this was a much-desired and deserved holiday for me and I went to visit my hometown during those days. I asked one of my very close friends to visit my hometown and he was excited to travel with me. After we reached our hometown, I planned to introduce our hometown’s life and customs to my friends and we visited almost more than 5 famous places in our locality.
On the third day, we had a family and friends picnic and we had this picnic in the garden of our home. That was enjoyable as I was with the friends and family members I cared about. My friends and I watched some new movies on my laptop and we watched movies almost every night.
This was an important holiday because I needed a break after a series of hard work in the office. Meeting 5-6 deadlines month after month was a bit stressful for me and I was eagerly waiting for this holiday. In terms of refreshment, relief and enjoyment this was one of the best holidays ever for me.