Talking about the weather is one of the stereotypes which we apply to the British. In fact it is not quite a cliche as they do speak about weather all the time. They do so because in Britain weather changes a lot. Wind, rain, sun, clouds, snow- they can all happen in Britain winter or summer.
Another common thing in Britain is queuing. At banks, cinemas, shops, bus stops you can always see people in queues. They stand and wait quietly, often for a long time. Each new person stands at the end of the queue-sometimes in rain, wind or snow. They never complain and they get quite upset when you don't respect the line.
Men always shake hands when they meet. Hundreds of years ago, soldiers began this custom. They shook hands to show that they didn't have a sword. Now
shaking hands is a custom in most countries. In Britain you don't shake hands with your friends or family. But you do shake hands when you meet a person for the first time. You also say: "How are you"? This is not a question, it is a tradition. The correct answer is exactly the same:" How are you?"
They also pay attention to tiny details like your birthday and they always send birthday cards or presents. There are also other cards like Christmas ones, Valentine's Day, Wedding anniversary cards, Good Luck cards, Congratulations on Your New Baby cards and Get Well Soon cards. They have everything for every important moment in your life.
British people are very superstitious and they believe in all sorts of signs which make they see whether they are having or not a good day. For them black cats are lucky. Also if you find a glover with four leaves you must be very lucky that day. In autumn if you catch falling leaves you are lucky. The more leaves you catch the more lucky you will be. On the contrary, never open an umbrella in the house, never break a mirror because it means seven years of bad luck. Never walk under a ladder, don't walk past somebody on the stairs.
Everyday Live in Britain written by Herminne Tonita for FamousWhy.com
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