CUE CARD – Describe an important event that you celebrated

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe an important event that you celebrated
You should say:

    • What was it ?
    • When did you celebrate ?
    • Where did you celebrate ?
    • Who was with you ?
    • Why was it special ?

Sample Answer

Celebrations are part of life that gives life to our lives. Special events become reunions, allowing far-flung family members to see each other in the context of celebrating their loved ones and bringing people together in unity, harmony, and peace. Fortunately, I have been part of numerous celebrations so today, I will be mentioning one such special event.

Just like everyone else, I eagerly wait to celebrate my birthday with my near and dear ones. My birthday happens on the 28th of January which makes January a special month for me. Last year my parents and friends arranged a surprise party for my birthday. After returning from work my friend called me to accompany her to the market. She picked me up from my place and we both left my home. Meanwhile, my parents and friends decorated the house with streamers and balloons. After spending two hours in the market we returned home. I rang the bell on my door and, to my surprise, no one came I tried to open the door, and it was unlocked. Once I opened it all my friends and family plunged from the floor and shouted out loud- “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I was astounded.

My friends bought a special birthday cake for me. It was a chocolate cake, with juicy cherries on the top. They also presented me with a super sweet card with my photos on it. On top of that, my parents handed me a gift, I was so curious and wanted to open it right away and so I did inside it was my first laptop, I started crying in happiness as I had always wanted a laptop. Then finally we cut the cake at midnight marking the end of the day! My family and friends had given me the greatest surprise I could ever imagine. My last birthday was one of the most beautiful moments, and I will cherish it forever.

Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)
Here are some examples of follow up questions that examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3) related to cue card ‘describe an important event that you celebrated’.

Q1. How do people in your country celebrate events ?
People in my country celebrate events by visiting their kith and kin at home or by planning trips to spend quality time with their loved ones. Celebrating with friends, colleagues, and loved ones can make us forget the troubles and stress of life.

Q2. What events do Indian people like to celebrate ?
Celebrations are quite common in my country, one can find numerous occasions to celebrate with their near and dear ones. Apart from festivals, people celebrate other events like birthdays, marriages, and anniversaries.

Q3. Why do you think a celebration is essential ?
Celebrations are not just a festive thing to do, it’s a way to take a pause, cherish and reaffirm the things that we value in our lives. Celebrations are an opportunity to deepen bonds by bringing people together.

Q4. Do you prefer big or small celebrations ?
Size does not matter. Celebrations without family or closest friends stand meaningless for me. However, being an introvert I prefer small gatherings where only close ones are invited.



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