IELTS Cue Card Sample 351 - Describe a special event that takes place in your city

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a special event (e.g. festival, carnival or other celebration) that takes place in your city.

You should say:

  • when the event takes place
  • why it takes place
  • what people do

and explain why the event is special.

Sample Answer:
I come from Taipei Taiwan and one of the most celebrated festivals in my city is Taiwan Lantern Festival. This is an annual festival that takes place on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar we have.

This festival is hosted by the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taiwan. Initially, it used to be celebrated in Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park in Taipei but for many years it is a widely celebrated festival in our city as well as in the whole country. The main purpose of this festival was to spread the traditional folklore festival in the country but now it has become a major festival that people spontaneously participate and enjoy.

People celebrate every bit of this festival. They light over thousands of sky lanterns. They gather together under the sky, cheers, congratulate each other and light the lantern. The belief behind the festival is to ward off the evil spirit and malicious diseases from the town. Releasing the sky lanterns is considered to make the town safe. Interestingly the lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating the lantern owner. After releasing the lanterns people look up at the sky and cheers with joys.

This celebration of one of the major parts of our culture and history and that’s why it is very significant for Taiwanese. A belief has been formulated that the festival has spiritual importance to keep the town safe from diseases and evils. Considering these facts, it is no doubt a major and revered festival in our city. 

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