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Constituencies, wards and local councils

Constituencies (a.k.a. parliamentary constituencies): each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) every 5 years to the House of Commons (Parliament). There are 650 constituencies in the UK.Wards (a.k.a. electoral divisions or electoral wards) is the primary unit of English electoral geography for borough and district councils, county councils or city councils. Each ward elects either one or two councillors to be members of the local council. There were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK and each ward has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward population can vary substantially.Local council is made up of a number of Councillors (Cllr) who meet regularly to make decisions about the direction of the council and the work it does for the community. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to their local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do and how they make decisions. Members of public can attend public council meetin…

Easter for the live, Hallowe'en for the dead

Besides Christmas Day, New Year, Valentine's Day, and April Fool's Day, there are other festivals and traditions which are not so well known to foreigners. Among these, Easter is for the live, so celebrated with eggs, chicks and bunny (rabbit); while Halloe'en for the dead, celebrated with frightening costumes, pumpkin lanterns, and scary tricks. Guy Fawkes Day and Remembrance Day are social and political festival, the former related to the struggle between Protestant and Catholics, the latter related to the World War I and II.

Easter
The word originates from the name of a goddess of fertility and sunrise whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox, We may say that Easter related to east, as this word also means "wind from the east". Christians adopted the traditional festival name and many of the celebratory practices for their Mass of Christ's resurrection. Easter is celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Chinese people may compare Easter with the the Clear and Bright Festival(Ching Ming), which is a day that people set out to sweep and dust the graves of their ancestors.

Hallowe'en
One of the important festivals is Hallowe'en. Hallowe'en is the evening before All Saints' Day; often devoted to pranks played by young people.

31 October, is a very ancient festival. Young people will often dress up in frightening costumes to play 'trick or treat'. Giving them sweets or chocolates might stop them playing a trick on you. Some times people carry lantern made out of pumpkins with a candle inside.

The word Hallowe'en has double ls and double es. I also see people people put an apostrophe between two 'e's in writing, because it originates from the contraction of All Hallow Even, well, while "hallow" means "a saint or holy person".

Guy Fawkes Night
5 November, is an occasion when people in Great Britain set off fireworks at home or in special displays. The origin of this celebration was an event in 1605, when a group of Catholics led by Guy Fawkes failed in their plan to kill the Protestant king with a bomb in the House of Parliament.

Remembrance Day
11 November, commemorates those who died fighting in WWI, and WW2 and other wars. Many people wear poppies (a red flower) in memory of those who died. At 11 a.m. there is a two-minutes silence.

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