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Describe a national day in your country.

Posted: September 28, 2019 at 12:12 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Describe a national day in your country.

You should say:

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

and explain how you feel about this day.

[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:
Independence Day is a very special day for all Indians and we observe it with great fervour and enthusiasm. This day is celebrated on 15th August each year, as a national holiday, commemorating our independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947. I am grateful to you for giving me the chance to talk about this significant national day in our history.

Independence Day is observed in every state in India and twenty-one gunshots are fired in honour of the solemn occasion. The incumbent Prime Minister customarily raises the national flag and gives an address to the nation. Independence Day is observed throughout the country with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades, and numerous cultural events. We show our love for our motherland in every way possible on that day. Besides, flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes take place in governmental and non-governmental institutions throughout the country. Many citizens adorn their clothing, wristbands, household accessories and cars with replicas of the tri-colour of our national flag.

Historically, this is the most important day for us. India, as a nation, won its independence following the Independence Movement in 1947 and the birth of our nation was perhaps the most significant event in our history.  On 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, raised the Indian national flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi and the history took a new road on that special day.

As an Indian, I celebrate it by raising our national flag in our house and then attend the national parade in the early morning. I often take my siblings to our college’s cultural programmes that highlight the significance of this day and the sacrifices we made as a nation to achieve our independence. I feel proud to be an Indian and this is the best day to live as an Indian.


Sample Answer 2:
Germany, a land of diversity, has got some notable days to celebrate. The ‘reunification day‘, or ‘German Unity Day‘ is celebrated annually on October 3rd, and this is a national day for all Germans. Marking the reunification of Germany in 1990, we celebrate the day across the country and take part in different events. Before the unification of Germany, it was divided into two parts, but this unification has brought everything under a single curtain. This is a nice cue card topic for a candidate like me, and I would love to answer it with great enthusiasm. Here goes the remaining answer…

The celebration of the day is important for us as a nation and it is a public holiday. Germans celebrate the day across the major cities of the country. Different ceremonial activities take place on this day and people participate in these activities spontaneously. The state capital, as well as a few non-state capitals, host the celebration and the political leaders often deliver their speeches. The celebrations in the host city always include a festival and fireworks show. The communal meal is another important part of celebrating this event.

The day is historically important. The idea of a unified Germany was underway since the middle of the 20th century. But the idea could not be materialized for numerous geopolitical reasons. The country experienced different political changes, several wars and those events did not allow the unification to happen. Finally, in 1990, after many attempts, the unification took place and the day has been observed as a national holiday ever since.

I feel very passionate about celebrating this day and it has a great significance in the history of Germany. All the workplaces and services remain closed on that day except some emergency services and stores to meet the public needs. I love walking on the streets on this day and greet people. There are no public transports or crowds of office-goers on this day. But some points are excessively crowded with people celebrating the event and I feel proud to be a part of this celebration.

enthusiasm – उत्साह

commemorating – के उपलक्ष्य

incumbent  –  निर्भर

customarily – प्रथानुसार

The ‘reunification day – ‘पुनर्मिलन का दिन

spontaneously – अनायास

passionate – उत्साही के

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