Age-old traditions of great Britain. Native English customs
There is no mask more mysterious than the open and friendly face of an Englishman. Having lived in England for more than four years, I already know them, of course, a little better than, say, the Japanese, but one thing is clear — a foreigner to penetrate the English soul is not given. Don’t try. However, it is important to at least try to understand what these English mysterious souls are driven by. And they are driven by adherence to old traditions, memories of the glorious past, so dear to the heart of every Briton.
Old means reliable
It’s amazing how tenacious, worthy of a better use, these people hold on to the customs of two or even three hundred years ago. The word “old” for them is equivalent to reliability, it is the advantage capable to compensate all accompanying shortcomings. Still, the new ideas obviously suspicious, unreliable new technologies, new houses have no soul, and the new rich upstart.
In a country where the winter and summer weather is the same color, where the winds are constantly blowing and you can not leave the house without an umbrella even in mid-July, double window frames are stubbornly considered a dubious innovation. Of course, we are talking about old houses, but who needs these faceless new! In Scotland there is a beautiful castle Balmoral, built for Queen Victoria in the middle of the century before last. Since then, this castle serves as a “dacha” for the whole Royal family. Of course, for 150 years the castle was rebuilt and repaired. But what do you think? The Windows are double glass and is not inserted. Moreover, tour guides, vadamee tourists around the castle and showing the people where used to stand in Queen Victoria, likes to walk Prince Charles and where to hunt for ducks Beau William tell with pride that the frames are original, the ones that even when Victoria was standing. Because it’s a Story with a capital letter.
For the ages
And the traditional Sunday lunch? Well, what people in the world are able to eat the same roast beef plus boiled vegetables at the same time every Sunday throughout their lives? The most popular pubs, which are at least 150-200 years old, and the best advertising institution — that here you can drink good old beer and all the dishes in the restaurant are prepared according to old traditional recipes.
Some ridiculous custom, causing a lot of inconvenience, will remain unshakable only because it exists from time immemorial, “it is — native English”, and therefore already worthy of respect.
One day Elizabeth I was presented with a list of candidates for Sheriff. In a fatal accident Queen in that moment did needlework and used a pen instead of a needle, puncture holes opposite the names of her chosen candidates. Since the appointment of sheriffs in England is produced in this way.
The guards in the tower are still dressed as they were in the Tudors ‘ time, Oxford and Cambridge students wear 17th — century robes, and judges and lawyers wear 18th-century wigs. Of all voluntary societies, those that protect something from destruction or disappearance are particularly respected.
Englishmen respect not only the age of people, objects or trees. They also respect the age of their own feelings. Marry here in no hurry, although young people begin to live together quite early. Beliefs and the feelings they ripen slowly, but when they are already formed, they are hard to shake. The Englishman uses the slightest chance to avoid divorce, to keep the family and, of course, traditions. It is they that bind the Union of the present with the past, so characteristic of the English way of life. Only here, having lived 4 years with her husband-a Scot, who on holidays dresses up in a traditional kilt skirt and dances under the bagpipes, which is always, even in a quarrel, behaves like a gentleman and every evening starts the old wall clock, as did his grandfather, I realized what marriages are in heaven. And God grant that these people, so hopelessly married to the past, have a bright and glorious future.