"A rich mix of cultures, languages and cuisines" England by annase
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England has lots and lots of names in other languages. I just love the variety of them. It's absolutely great!!!
"Англия" (Angliya) (Russian, Bulgarian)
"Ingilterra" (Maltese, Egyptian)
"Inglaterra" (Spanish, Portuguese, Galician)
"Anglia" (Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Albanian)
"Anglija" (Slovene, Lithuanian,Latvian, Ukrainian)
"Engleska" (Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian)
"Αγγλία" ("Anglía") (Greek)
"যুক্তরাজ্য" ("Juktorajjo") (Bangla)
"انگلستان" ("Inglistan") (Persian)
"אנגליה" (Anglia) (Hebrew)
"イングランド" (Ingurando) or "英国" (ékoku)(Japanese)
"Engalaantha" (Sri Lankans (Sinhalese))
"இங்கிலாந்து" (In-gi-laan-dhu) (Tamil)
"Nước Anh" (Vietnamese)
"อังกฤษ" (Ang-grit) (Thai)
"英格兰" (Yīnggélán) (Chinese)
My favourite ones are the characters used in many Asian languages like Bangla, Persian, Tamil and Thai :-)
What's funny as well in some languages is that they called the whole England something similar to Anglia, which presumably derives from the ancient Kingdom of East Anglia (on England's eastern side) and which encompasses much of Norfolk and parts of northern Suffolk.
With 50,431,700 inhabitants (84% of the UK's total), England is the most populous nation in the UK. It is second populous region in Europe, after the densely populated Netherlands. The nation is also the most ethnically diverse of the UK regions. The ethnic background of the English populace is a mixed one deriving from waves of Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Norman invasions, along with people with roots in the Indian sub-continent and the Caribbean. :-)
Every year on the last weekend in August, there is a huge Notting Hill Carnival celebrating the Caribbean culture. Although Notting Hill may seem a long way from the Caribbean, the streets of London erupt with flamboyantly dressed participants, dancing their way to the music of steel bands and reggae. The carnival attracts crowds in excess of 1 million and it is second only to the world famous Rio Carnival in its scope.
Chinese New Year celebrations in the area around Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Chinatown (Soho) take place in February. Thousands of people gather in these parts of London to enjoy the free events throughout the afternoon. There will normally be a Grand parade (from the Strand to Shaftesbury Avenue in the morning), Chinese cultural performances (on a stage in Trafalgar Square) and Firecrackers in the afternoon (Leicester Square) There will also be food, cultural stalls and lion dancing throughout the day in Chinatown.
English cuisine is a source of endless jokes among other European countries although the traditional dishes are not that dissimilar from the dishes served in Germany, Austria, the Lowlands and the Nordic countries. Typical traditional English dishes are very hefty and perhaps not the most appealing, but are still eaten regularly by many and usually feature the menus of many pubs. If you invited to someone's house for a roast on Sunday, that's one of the most traditional meals you can get in this country. It might be any meat (beef, turkey, chicken, pork, lamb) and is most likely served with roast potatoes, boiled and roast vegetables, gravy (brown sauce) and perhaps with Yorkshire pudding.
However, from the 1950s onwards, Indian and Chinese cuisine in particular have been absorbed into English culinary life, with curry houses and Chinese restaurants and takeaways appearing in almost every town, and 'going for a curry' is a regular part of English social life. Some of the earliest such restaurants were opened in Brick Lane in the East End of London, a place that is still famous for this type of cuisine.
The earlier type of cuisine is a distinct hybrid food style composed of dishes of Asian origin, but adapted to British tastes. Many of the well-known Indian dishes in the western world, such as Tikka Masala and Balti , are in fact Anglo-Indian dishes of this sort. Chicken Tikka Masala is often jokingly referred to as England's national dish, in a reference both to its English origins and to its enormous popularity.
More and more restaurants are now however serving authentic Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani food, rather than just Tikka Masala, although Tikka Masala is still hugely popular and can be found in the menu of virtually every single establishment.
- Pros:Highly multicultural and tolerant society
- Cons:The weather's rubbish from time to time
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