IELTS SpeakingSpeaking Part 2

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Describe a traditional celebration (a festival or ceremony) in your country

Describe a traditional celebration (a festival or ceremony) in your country that you enjoy

You should say

• What is it?

• What do you usually do to celebrate?

• Who do you usually celebrate with?

And explain why you enjoy it

Ideas for the IELTS Speaking Question:

  1. Diwali (India): The festival of lights celebrated with family, lights, sweets, and fireworks.
  2. Thanksgiving (United States): A holiday centered around gratitude, family gatherings, and a festive meal.
  3. Chinese New Year (China): Celebrations involve family reunions, feasts, dragon and lion dances, and fireworks.
  4. Carnival (Brazil): A lively celebration before Lent with parades, music, dance, and colorful costumes.
  5. Mid-Autumn Festival (Vietnam): A lunar harvest festival celebrated with lanterns, mooncakes, and family reunions.
  6. Holi (India): The festival of colors marked by playful throwing of colored powders and water.

Useful Expressions:

  1. Introducing the Celebration:
    • “One traditional celebration that I particularly enjoy is…”
    • “I’d like to talk about a festival in my country called…”
    • “The celebration I have in mind is a significant cultural event known as…”
  2. What You Usually Do to Celebrate:
    • “During this celebration, people typically…”
    • “The customary activities include…”
    • “It’s common for individuals to…”
  3. Who You Usually Celebrate With:
    • “I usually celebrate with my…”
    • “It’s a time for family and friends to gather, so I’m often with…”
    • “It’s a community event, so I join the celebration with…”
  4. Why You Enjoy It:
    • “I enjoy this celebration because…”
    • “The atmosphere during this festival is…”
    • “It brings a sense of joy and unity because…”

Sample Answer:

“I’d like to talk about a traditional celebration in my country that I thoroughly enjoy – Diwali, the festival of lights in India. Diwali is a vibrant and joyous celebration that holds immense cultural significance for us.

During Diwali, people typically decorate their homes with colorful lights, candles, and intricate rangoli designs. Families come together for prayers, and there’s a tradition of exchanging sweets and gifts. One of the highlights is the bursting of fireworks that lights up the night sky, creating a magical and festive ambiance.

I usually celebrate Diwali with my family. We start by cleaning and decorating our home, and then we gather for a special prayer ceremony. After that, we enjoy a delicious feast of traditional sweets and savory dishes. The excitement peaks when we participate in the fireworks display with neighbors and friends.

What makes Diwali special to me is the sense of togetherness it fosters. The entire community comes alive with lights, laughter, and the spirit of celebration. It’s a time when people set aside their differences and come together to share joy and goodwill. Additionally, the cultural and religious significance of Diwali adds a deeper layer of meaning to the festivities.

I find great joy in the traditions, the sense of community, and the positive energy that Diwali brings. It’s a time when the entire country seems to be illuminated with happiness, and that collective joy is something I look forward to every year.”