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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (which is usually shortened to just the UK or United Kingdom) is a political union made of up aof four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England, Scotland and Wales share the island of Great Britain, which lies just off the northwest coast of continental Europe. The fourth country, Northern Ireland, is a portion of another island, which is split between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an independent country, in the south. The UK also has overseas territories such as Bermuda and Gibraltar.
General Climate Conditions:
The UK has a reputation for having cold, wet and dreary weather. Although this may be true for some times of the year, the UK is actually much better than most think – and can have some great weather during the summer months.
Generally, there are four distinct seasons to the UK; summer, winter, spring and autumn.
Winter generally runs from November to March – though you can expect this to run longer during some years – and is characterized with cold weather, rain, sometimes snow and fog. Winter days in the UK the days are short and nights are long, with the sun rising at about 7 or 8am and setting at about 4 pm. Temperatures during these months often range between 0 to 7°C.
Spring runs from March to May and offers some of the prettiest times to visit England with blooming flowers, warming temperatures and cheerier dispositions. Although temperatures during these months generally range from about 5 to 15°C , don’t be surprised if winter last longer or summer comes early – springtime weather in the UK is unpredictable!
The summer months are by far the best times to visit the UK if you are looking for warmer temperatures and longer days. Expect temperatures to be in the region of 15 to 25°C.
You can, of course, get rain during the summer months, but generally summer is a wonderful time in England.
If you come from a part of the world where seasonal changes are not very dramatic, you will be enthralled by fall. Autumn arrives in September, with dipping temperatures and shortening days, all as a pre-cursor of the winter to come. Temperatures during autumn will generally be anywhere from 5 to 15°C, but fall can provide beautiful weather, especially in light of the long dreary winter ahead. Rainfall
The UK is an island, so it receives a large amount of rain. It can rain during any season and on any given day – so bring your umbrella!
Around 60 million people live in multicultural environment of U.K. People contrary to normal mindset are very friendly, lovable and traditional.
Britain is the birthplace of Newton, Darwin, Shakespeare and the Beatles; home of the world’s largest foreign exchange market, the world’s richest football club – Manchester United, the inventor of the hovercraft and the JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books. From Scotland to Cornwall, Britain is full of customs and traditions. A lot of them have very long histories. Some are funny and some are strange. But they’re all interesting and are all part of the British way of life.
You can continue to follow your own religion in the UK. Every major religion is represented in the UK and most cities even have Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist centers. There are also synagogues and churches of all denominations. The multi-faith culture of the UK is reflected by its religious festivals. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist festivals and holidays are all celebrated.
Events & Celebrations:
Apart from the main religious festivals and holidays listed in the UK calendar, many traditional festivals are also enjoyed. Some of the festivals include Bonfire Night on 5th November when you can attend organized firework and bonfire displays. This Night celebrates the failure of the 1605 Guy Fawkes’ attempt of blowing up the Houses of Parliament. The Burns Night is held on 25 January. This night celebrates the life and works of the Scottish writer Robert Burns with people getting together to eat a Burns Supper Eisteddfod is a tradition in Wales, where you can observe a Welsh celebration of music, literature and performance.