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Describe a public holiday that people enjoy so much

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 420 with Model Answer:

Describe a public holiday that people enjoy so much in your country.

You should say:
  • what public holiday it is
  • how it is celebrated
  • what you do during that time
and explain why people enjoy this public holiday so much.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:
Canada, my homeland, has a variety of cultural, nationalistic, and religious holidays that are colourfully observed by her people. Today, I would like to talk about one such holiday which has a great religious significance.

The name of this public holiday is called “Good Friday” which is observed with great religious fervour by the devoted Christian people all over Canada. Occurring just before two days of the Easter Sunday, it is the day when Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which plays an important part in the Christian faith. It is also considered to be a statutory holiday in all Canadian provinces and territories except Quebec, where it is partially observed.

Anyway, many Church services are held in the afternoon, usually between noon and 3:00 pm, to commemorate the hours when Jesus was crucified on the cross. Some churches observe the day by re-enacting the tragic event which took Jesus' life. Other churches may participate in Veneration of the Cross, a short ceremony in which Christians kneel before the cross and affirm their faith. Besides, the candles are also often extinguished and statues, paintings and crosses may be draped in black, purple or gray cloth. Some Catholics even observe a partial fast on Good Friday and do not eat any meat.

But, for Canadians, who are not Christians, Good Friday is the start of a three or four-day weekend. This is a welcome spring break, which some people use to visit family or friends. It is also a popular time to take a short vacation.

By the way, I am not a Christian, and so, I also regard the holiday as a welcome break from my work life, which allows me to spend some quality time at a beautiful vacation spot.

Anyway, people, especially the Christian devotees, enjoy this holiday so much because it allows them to renew their religious faith even more strongly. Besides, they enjoy it so much also because it gives them an opportunity to unite with their families and friends after a long time.

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