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New Year Celebrations

Learn about typical New Year celebrations and answer our reading comprehension questions.

Across the world, many people are celebrating the beginning of 2017. 

Read the article below about New Year celebrations and answer the questions. 

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  1. Many people have fun on New Year’s Eve.
  2. New Year’s Day has always been on January 1st.
  3. Auld Lang Syne is sung at exactly 12 o’clock.
  4. New Year’s Eve is never celebrated in Rome.
  5. Everyone manages to keep their resolutions for a whole year.
  6. On New Year’s Day most companies are closed for business.

New Year’s Day is observed on January 1st and on the previous day (December 31st) people like to celebrate this occasion. New Year’s Eve is one of the holidays that is popular around the world including many traditions which involve both friends and family. The first time the New Year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 BC. The New Year was moved from its original position in March and changed to January because that was the beginning of the civil year. On New Year’s Eve (31st January), people gather together in order to prepare for the celebrations. Just before midnight some people hold hands and on the stroke of 12 they sing a traditional song called ‘Auld Lang Syne’. They then wish each other ‘Happy New Year’ and often there are fireworks set off outside. Some people also drink a toast to the coming new year with a glass of something fizzy like champagne. Another New Year’s Eve tradition is to make a New Year’s resolution. A resolution is when people decide to do something that will make their lives better; stopping smoking, getting fit, learning English. The idea is to keep this resolution for the whole of the new year. New Year’s Day (January 1st) is a public holiday so most people do not work on this day. They stay at home and relax with family and friends or go for a long, refreshing walk in the countryside. The majority of businesses and shops are closed on this day although some shops do open for the January sales. Prices on some items can be discounted very heavily and people might queue all night so that they can be the first to enter the shop and grab the bargains!

New Year’s Celebrations

Answers

  1. Many people have fun on New Year’s Eve. T
  2. New Year’s Day has always been on January 1st. F
  3. Auld Lang Syne is sung at exactly 12 o’clock. T
  4. New Year’s Eve is never celebrated in Rome. NG
  5. Everyone manages to keep their resolutions for a whole year. NG
  6. On New Year’s Day most companies are closed for business. T

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