The UK is a real melting pot of nationalities, cultures and religions. Therefore, none of the public holidays has retained to this day a strictly religious character. Fear of discrimination has meant that in public places you will rarely find, for example, the wish “Merry Christmas”. It is replaced by the safe “Happy Holidays”
British Christmas traditions
However, there are traditions and customs cultivated by many British Islanders. Most of them are related to Christmas. These include dressing the tree, decorating the house, having a family dinner on the first day of Christmas, giving gifts, sending cards (real ones, paper ones, and in bulk!) and cooking traditional dishes. The most important of these include: roast turkey with thick gravy and cranberries, the aforementioned mince pies and… Brussels sprouts.
Christmas dinner is followed by singing carols, kissing under the mistletoe and preparing milk and cookies for Santa Claus. People of faith go to church for the service.
On Easter, the only notable custom is the Easter Egg Hunt, a search for chocolate eggs and small gifts hidden by the bunny in the garden.
A firmly established custom is for children to dress up in costume and visit homes (trick-or-treating) on Halloween (October 31st). However, it is not a public holiday.
Similarly, Guy Fawkes Night celebrated on the 5th of November, when the British set off lots of fireworks and bonfires, is also not a public holiday.