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Hi everyone, I'm Gina.
The Notting Hill Carnival happens every year in August in the Notting Hill area of London. It is a colourful celebration and the biggest carnival in Europe.
In this lesson, you're going to learn about what happens during the carnival and the history behind it.
Food is a big feature of the festival. Do you know what the most popular foods are?
Weโ€™ll show you the answer at the end of this video.
The carnival in its current form was first held in 1966 and runs over three days - the August bank holiday Monday and the two days preceding it. Over one million people attend the festival and the main event, a colourful parade, winds through 20 miles of London streets.
The carnival began as a small scale, local festival arranged by the West Indian community. From those humble beginnings it has evolved into a full-bloodied Caribbean carnival. Highlights of the weekend include a Kid's Day with a costume contest and a parade where floats and thousands of people walk through the streets.
One of the key features of the carnival is music. Steel bands line the streets and play and their music can be heard for miles. There are also displays of other types of music, such as calypso and soca, and in recent years professional and international artists have begun to play the carnival in increasing numbers.
When the carnival first started, it was without approval from the authorities. It wasn't until 1987 that the police began to take a conciliatory approach with the carnival instead of simply trying to shut it down.
And now I'll give you the answer to the earlier quiz.
Food is a big feature of the festival. Do you know what the most popular foods are?
Stalls at the festival sell many types of Caribbean food. The most popular and famous dishes are jerk chicken, curried goat and rice and peas.
How was this lesson? Did you learn something interesting?
Are there any festivals celebration a foreign culture in your country?
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Are there any festivals celebration a foreign culture in your country?

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Hello Tam,


Thanks for sharing a bit about your country and culture! Very interesting!


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Tam
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Hi every one,


In my country land Germany there is also a Carnival held in every cities of the Country. It takes play on the Monday before Ash Wednesday, therefore it is called Rosenmontag. In some small cities it can take play on Tuesday too. Itโ€˜s a colourful celebration, many people come in costumes and watch the colourful parade of many meaningful floats on the streets. The carnival-people on the floats throw sweets to people on both sides of the parade. And that is the most funny and expecting part of the carnival, particularly for the children. That is a day to celebrate, drink alcohol as much as you can and eat what ever you want, before lent on Ash Wednesday begins.

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Gabriella Szanyi
Wednesday at 01:24 AM
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So, the comprehension task:

Listen to the text and answer the questions.

1. When was the carnival first held?

2. How long does it take? Specify the days.

3. How many people visit the carnival?

4. Mention two features of the carnivalโ€™s main event.

5. What is the most important event of the weekend? Describe it.

6. What type of music is played at the carnival?

7. How was the carnival received by the authorities? When did it change?

8. What are the most popular foods at the carnival?


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Gabriella Szanyi
Wednesday at 01:17 AM
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Using the text about the Notting Hill Carnival, I prepared a couple of questions to check listening comprehension. I'm going to give this task (see in another comment) to one of my private students tomorrow (on 26 August 2020). Learning a language is also learning about the culture of the people speaking that language. I regularly involve cultural content in my English lessons and I make sure that the timing is right, that is, the 'culture lesson' is held around the time of a cultural event. Notting Hill Carnival takes place at the end of August every year (from 29 August to 31 August this year) but due to Covid-19 pandemic it has been cancelled.