Describe a Happy Family Event from Your Childhood Speaking IELTS Exam

Describe a happy family event from your childhood speaking. You should say:

  • What was the event?
  • Where did it happen?
  • What did you say and do?

There are numerous happy events in my life that I can recall, and among them, I would like to talk about the time when my family gathered to make a cake for the New Year holiday.

The New Year is a very special traditional holiday in my country. It was probably my favourite holiday when I was a small girl as my family had a lot of activities to celebrate this occasion. Among them, making the cake made me excited the most. The cake is made of glutinous rice, green beans and fatty pork wrapped in banana leaves in a square shape. I often played with my older brother when my parents prepared the ingredients for the cake. And then, my father lit a small fire to boil the cake overnight.

It was perhaps the only time of the year when I was allowed to stay up late. While my family was sitting around the warm fire, my grandmother would tell the old legendary story about the cake to commemorate the filial affection of one prince to his father and remind us of the long-lasting tradition of our country.

In recent years, my family has not had enough time to make the cake on our own. However, to me, a ready-made cake that we buy from a local market can’t bring a special feeling and replace the taste of a cake from my childhood. I hope that my family can continue our tradition in the coming years.

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