A special day in your country’s history - Cue Card # 655
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a special day/date in your country’s history.
You should say:
- what day/date it was
- what happened on that day/date
- how people celebrate this day/date
and explain why this day/date is so special in your country,
[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.]
Being residents of Quebec in Canada, we all love celebrating National Patriots' Day which falls on the Monday before May 25 coinciding with Victoria Day every year. Although it started rather recently from the year of 2003, we, in Quebec, celebrate National Patriots' Day (known as Journée nationale des patriotes) as a statutory holiday to honour the rebellion against the British rule that took place in 1837.
National Patriots' Day is a public holiday in Quebec when most businesses, government offices, banks, and stores remain closed. All of us in Québec on this important day like to attend various celebrations and events while also taking part in historic activities that are organized throughout the province.
Celebrations may include marches, music concerts, public speeches, and award-giving ceremonies. Many societies, organizations, and community groups take special care to organize different events and activities that don’t only occur on this particular day but also before or after National Patriots' Day. Special commemorative dinners may also be organized during this holiday.
National Patriots' Day is special in Quebec as it reminds us of our past struggle for freedom and liberty that we cherish so much in our lives. In fact, it is the rebellion of our forefathers on this day which helped bring democracy in our country. On this particular day, we become one nation in solidarity with each other in an effort to honour and remember the sacrifice of the Quebec rebels. Finally, this day gives us a great opportunity to get together with our families, friends and relatives over a special dinner meal which is just not possible otherwise most of the times.