Cue Card Sample

Describe an interesting tradition in your country - Cue Card # 751

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

Describe an interesting tradition in your country.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how it is observed
  • what type of people follow it

and explain how you feel about this tradition.

[Instruction: 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 1:
Japan, the country in which I was born and bred, is not only a country of thousands of small islands (more than 4000 of them in addition to 4 large main islands, to be more precise) but also a country of rich culture and many interesting traditions! Today, here, I would like to talk about one of those traditions which we, the Japanese people, just love to observe!

The beautiful tradition, I am talking about, is popularly known as “Toro Nagashi” or the “festival of floating lanterns”. Celebrated during summertime (in the middle of July or August), in the evening when the sky goes dark, the beauty of numerous floating lanterns along a river or lake mesmerizes just about anybody and everybody. 

Related to “Obon”, a 3-day period to honour all the departed souls, this unique tradition is observed by inscribing names, messages and drawings on the nicely-designed paper lanterns that are attached to a bamboo or wooded base. Then, of course, a candle is also placed inside the lantern before setting it to float alongside a river or lake. Often accompanied by music and fireworks, this festival gets even more colourful and interesting when the glowing and reflecting lights of thousands of lanterns drift alongside the boaters. 

By the way, the tradition of “Toro Nagashi”, essentially a Buddhist festival, is observed all over Japan by people from all walks of life. Here it is worth mentioning that the lantern denotes a special symbol in Japanese culture. It represents love, brightness, and protection from evil. 

Well, I get a rather special and certain sense of peace inside my heart about observing this tradition, mainly because it allows us to remember our forefathers and carry our love and gratitude to them. It also makes me feel happy as it brings all our families and friendstogether for a noble cause while also enjoying some quality time at the same time.


Model Answer 2:

One of the fascinating traditions in my country that captures the essence of community and celebration is the festival of Diwali. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, holds immense cultural and religious significance in India, and as a proud Indian, I would like to talk about it.

What it is:
Diwali is a Hindu festival that symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. It usually spans five days of festivities, with the main celebration occurring on the third day. The festival is marked by various customs, including the lighting of oil lamps, decorating homes with colourful rangoli (artistic patterns made on the ground), exchanging gifts, and bursting with fireworks.

How it is observed:
The festival begins with cleaning and decorating homes to welcome the goddess Lakshmi, who is believed to bring prosperity and good fortune. Families come together to perform puja (prayers), offering sweets and other delicacies to deities. The lighting of diyas (oil lamps) not only adds a vibrant glow to households but also symbolizes the dispelling of darkness and ignorance.

Community spirit is at its peak during Diwali, as people exchange sweets and gifts with neighbours and friends. The night sky is adorned with colourful fireworks, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

What type of people follow it:
While Diwali is rooted in Hindu traditions, it transcends religious boundaries in India. People of various faiths and communities actively participate in the festivities, making it a truly inclusive celebration.

And explain how you feel about this tradition:
As someone who has grown up celebrating Diwali, the festival holds a special place in my heart. The vibrant atmosphere, the warmth of family gatherings, and the spirit of giving make Diwali a time of immense joy. It's not just a religious tradition; it's a cultural phenomenon that brings people together, fostering a sense of unity and shared happiness.


Model Answer 3:

Canada, known for its rich cultural diversity, boasts a multitude of traditions that reflect the mosaic of its people. One captivating Canadian tradition that stands out is the celebration of "Canada Day," a day dedicated to commemorating the country's birth. For this topic, I would like to talk about it. 

What it is:
Canada Day, observed on July 1st, marks the anniversary of the confederation of Canada. This patriotic celebration is akin to Independence Day in many other countries including the United States.

How it is observed:
The festivities on Canada Day are as varied as the country itself. Cities and towns across Canada host parades, concerts, and fireworks. The iconic Parliament Hill in Ottawa becomes the focal point for grand ceremonies, including concerts featuring Canadian artists and a spectacular display of fireworks over the Ottawa River.

The symbolic red and white colors of the Canadian flag dominate the landscape. Citizens proudly don clothing adorned with maple leaves, the national symbol, and indulge in classic Canadian treats like poutine and butter tarts.

What type of people follow it:
Canada Day transcends cultural and ethnic boundaries, as Canadians of all backgrounds enthusiastically participate in the celebrations. New immigrants join hands with those whose families have been in Canada for generations, creating a shared sense of belonging and unity.

And explain how you feel about this tradition:
As someone who has experienced Canada Day in the heart of downtown Toronto, I can attest to the infectious enthusiasm that permeates the air. The diverse expressions of Canadian identity, from multicultural food festivals to the melodious tunes echoing through the streets, create an atmosphere of joy and inclusion.

Canada Day, for me, is a testament to the strength of unity in diversity. It's a day when the nation reflects on its journey, appreciates its cultural tapestry, and embraces the values that bind Canadians together.

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