Many of us enjoy celebrating festivals and events through the year, including Christmas, Halloween and Bonfire Night. As we get older, watching younger generations enjoy the same traditions we enjoyed as children brings back fond memories and sparks nostalgia. In our lifetimes, we will see some traditions change or die out. Most of us will find ourselves uttering the immortal line ‘in my day …’ at some point in our adult lives.
Researchers from the University of Leeds in the 1950s and 60s valued and celebrated traditions as an important part of our culture and heritage. Alongside words and phrases, they collected and recorded cultural traditions in the Survey of English Dialects and the Folk Life Survey.