IELTS Cue Card Sample 593 - Describe a national day in your country

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

Describe a national day in your country.

You should say:

  • what day it is
  • how it is celebrated
  • what the historical significance of this day is

and explain how you feel about this national day.

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

Sample Answer:
Germany, a land of diversity has got some notable days to celebrate. The 'reunification day', celebrated on October 3 annually, is a national day. Marking the reunification of Germany in 1990, we celebrate the day across the country and take part in events. Before the unification of Germany, it was divided into several states and kingdoms. But this unification has brought everything under a single shade. This is a nice cue card task for a candidate like me and I love to answer such smart questions. Here are the remaining answers.

The celebration of the day is adorable. The Germans celebrate the across the major cities of the country. Large ceremonial activities take place and people participate in the activities and also have fun. Sometimes, the state capital hosts the celebration and in some other times, the non-state capitals host it. A good number of citizens participate in the events and the political leaders deliver their speeches. Concerts are also held. Communal meal is another important way of celebrating this event.  

The day is historically important. The idea of a unified Germany was underway since the middle of the century. But the idea could not be materialized for numerous reasons. The country experienced different political changes, several wars and much more important aspects that did not allow the unification to happen. Finally, in 1990, after lots of attempts, the unification took place and the day has been observed as a national holiday since then.

I feel special celebrating this day. All the workplaces and services remain closed, but some emergency services are stores remain open to meet emergencies. I love walking on the streets on this day and greet people. There are no public transports or crowds of office-going people. But some points are excessively crowded with people celebrating the event.

More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card topic:

Cue Card Topic: Describe a national day in your country.

1. January 12th is celebrated as the National Youth Day in India. This is an important day for the youths of the country. A wide range of events is organized on this day. Mostly the young populations participate in the events.

2. Annually, 23rd April is celebrated as the St. George’s Day in England. St. George was a patron and saint of England and famous for saving a maiden from a fire-breathing Dragon in the 6th century.

3. The Good Friday is celebrated as a National day in Australia. This is also a national holiday in the country before Easter. The day is celebrated marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. But the date is not fixed to observe the day.

4. Al-Eid Al Watani is the national holiday in the United Arab Emirates. The day is celebrated on December 2nd each year. Usually, this is a two-day holiday. Being a public holiday, many of the activities are closed in the day.

5. The birthday of a queen or a king is a national day in New Zealand. When a male monarch reigns, the day is celebrated as the King’s Birthday but currently this is Queen Elizabeth II and this is celebrated officially.

6. In Vietnam, the celebration of New Year is done massively and this is a national day for the country. The day is observed amid great festivity and people of all walks of life participate in different types of events marking the day.

7. August 9 is marked as the National Day in Singapore. The day is celebrated across the country marking the independence of the nation from Malaysia in 1965. Various events and parade take place marking the day.

8. Every year, September 23rd is observed as the National Day of Saudi Arabia. On this day, King Abdulaziz established the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The day is a holiday too. Significant historical events took place on the day and we celebrate it amid festivity.

Similar other cue card topics that you should be able to answer with your preparation for this cue card topic:

1. Describe an important day that you celebrate in your country.
2. Describe a day which is important for our nation.
3. Describe a historic event you know about.
4. Describe a public holiday in your country.
5. Describe a festival people in your country celebrate every year.

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