IELTS Cue Card # Describe a tradition in your country

IELTS Cue Card # Describe a tradition in your country

Describe a tradition in your country
You should say:
– What it is
– Who takes part in it
– What activities there are
– And explain how you feel about it

Sample Answer:

India has a wide variety of cultures and traditions. There are unique traditions in India but today I would like to highlight ‘Kumbh Mela’. The Kumbh is conducted every twelve years, and people from different parts of the country attend it. It is unique in itself because it is considered as world’s largest congregation of pilgrims.
This festival attracts millions of people, the majority of which mainly consists of different Hindu sects like saints, hermits, tantriks religious organisations, and Hindu men and women from all walks of life. One of the most popular and unique crowd here is the Nagas, they are the men who refrain from wearing any clothes. Apart from that politicians and government authorities also attend it.
Miscellaneous activities take place here, People come here to perform sacred rituals and take holy bath in the Ganges in order to achieve salvation. There are many Yagyashalas where havans are performed regularly. Saints conduct Kathas or storytelling from several Indian mythologies like Ramayana, Mahabharata or Bhagwat Puran. Bhandara which is the free food service is also held for the people.
I feel Kumbh is one of the most special tradition of India which is popular all over the country. People look forward to Kumbh as one of the biggest events. The fact that it is one of the world’s largest peaceful gathering makes it noteworthy and I would like to be a part of it at least once in my lifetime.


Follow up questions:

Q. Which is the most popular tradition among children in your country?
Answer: Holi, the festival of colours is the most popular tradition among children in our country. Kids love playing with water balloons, water guns and colours. Different kinds of sweets especially gunjiya is loved by the kids. Holi brings happiness and colours in everyone’s life.

Q. Do you think western festivals are replacing traditional festivals of your country?
Answer: No, the western traditions are not replacing the traditional festivals like Holi, Diwali and Eid in my country. Traditional festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm in India. However these days youngsters have also started celebrating western festivals like Christmas, Easter and Hallowe’en but this does not mean that the traditional festivals have lost their importance.


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