Talk About An Important/Special Event You Celebrated

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Talk about an important/Special event you celebrated.

You should say:

What was it?
When did you celebrate?
Where did you celebrate?
Who was with you?
Why was It special?

Note: 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:


  • I have attended many events in my life such as weddings and festivals.

What was it? and When and Where did you celebrate? and Who was with you?

  • Here I would like to talk about our national festival Diwali, which I celebrated with my family on 19th October last year.
  • I remember very well how the whole month before Diwali, we were busy in the cleaning of our home.
  • We bought gifts to give to our friends and relatives.
  • Normally we buy crackers to burn on that day, but this year we did not buy any crackers, as pollution is growing day by day.
  • On the actual day of Diwali, we all went to the Gurdwara to pay obeisance to the almighty and seek his blessings.
  • After that we went to some friends and relatives homes to present them the gifts we had bought for them.
  • Then we came home and decorated our home with candles and diyas.
  • This time my father had also got some electric lights fitted in our home.
  • My mother cooked special dishes for us and we enjoyed dinner.
  • We also remember we turned on all the lights of our house and all the doors open because it is believed that Goddess Laxmi visits the homes on that day.
  • I felt very good as I enjoyed all that very much.

Why was It special?

  • You know, mam/Sir, Diwali holds a special significance for us.
  • It is celebrated because on this day Lord Rama returned from Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
  • It is also celebrated because the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind ji, was set free from Gwalior Jail with 52 kings.
  • On this day, the arrogant tyrant Bali was killed by Lord Vishnu.


  • So this is a traditional celebration, which all Indians celebrate with great pomp and show.

Model Answer 2:

The importance of celebrating life is reflected in physical and mental health, community-family relationships, and a healthy self-image.

Celebration promotes physical and mental health and strengthens relationships. Today I would like to talk about a small but important celebration.

What was it? and When did yq celebrate?
I am a very introverted person so I have few friends. Due to the lack of confidence I never participated in any competition. It is university rule, In the final year of graduation, we all has to submit a project report with its presentation.

I was very worried about it. My friends encouraged me and helped me to prepare the presentation. On the presentation day, my turn was last, everyone motivated me because it was the first time when I was going to speak publically. Luctily, I gave the presentation properly, and everyone was appreciating my idea.

Where did you celebrate? and Who was with you?
One the next day I decided the celebrate it. I knew public speaking is not a big deal but it was important for me because I did it for the first time.

Decided to chill out with my friends. We all went to a restaurant for lunch. We had lunch there and also clicked so many pictures.

Why was It special?
As I said earlier, most people have the confidence to speak freely in front of people, but it was very important and special for me because I did it for the first time.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “Talk about an important/Special event you celebrated”.

Q1. How do people in your country celebrate events?
People celebrate events in many ways. Some hold family get-togethers, others properties and some celebrate by burning crackers. Some people celebrate by just going out for a lunch or dinner, while some others celebrate by donating to charities.

Q2. What events do Indian people like to celebrate?
Indian people like to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, festivals like Deepawali and Dussehra. Some people celebrate if they do well in their exams, other people celebrate if they win any competition.

Q3. Why do you think celebration is important?
Celebration is very important. It is a time when people spend some time together and share the happiness of each other. Such events also bring about social harmony and peace.

Q4. Do you prefer big or small celebrations?
I personally prefer small celebrations, because in these we can interact with all the people present. Big celebrations are just a show-off and the hosts hardly even come to know who all were there.

Q5. Why do some people like expensive and grand celebrations?
Some people like expensive and grand celebrations because they want to show their status, and they want such events to be an everlasting memory in their minds.

Q6. Do you think it is a waste of money to spend much on celebrations of national events? 
No, I do not think it is a waste of money to spend on celebrations of national events. Such events bring a feeling of patriotism in the minds of young people, who are otherwise drifting away from their culture and tradition. Such events also attach young people to their roots.

Q7. How can people prepare for an event?
People can prepare for any event by planning in advance. First they decide their budget and after that they make a list of people home to invite. Then they decide what all they would like to do on that day when all the guests have arrived. They arrange a proper lunch or dinner and also arrange some games and other things which they would like to do on that day.

Q8. Do you like to plan for an important meeting or activity?
Yes, I would definitely like to plan for an important meeting or activity. If any event is not planned then it can result in total chaos. If land well any event can leave an everlasting imprint on the minds of all those who attend it.

Q9. What factors should be considered when planning an event?
The first thing to be considered when planning an event is deciding on a budget. After that all the activities that need to be done on that they have to be looked into. Then it has to be decided whether the event should be held in a hotel or at home. The games to be played on that day all the activities to be done on that they have also to be blind well. All this can never be a one-man show. Teamwork is very important in planning such events.


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