Discussion & Reading Activity
- What traditional ways of welcoming the New Year do you have?
- Are there any special meals or activities for New Year's eve?
- Was this year good for you? In what way or why not?
- Can you think of a few things you will remember from this year?
- What are you looking forward to the next year?
- Have you ever made any New Year's resolutions?
Pre-reading questions: Choose the option that you think is true and then read the text to find out if you were right.
1. What "drops" at midnight in Times Square?
a. a ball
b. a clock
2.Where in The USA is the biggest New Year's Eve party?
a. New York
b. Los Angeles
3.Where do temple bells ring 108 times?
4.Countries around the world celebrate New Year's Eve
a. In the same way
b. In different ways
5.Where is there a famous celebration with fireworks on the beach?
a. In Cuba
b. In Brazil
6. Where is the celebration called Réveillon?
a. In France
b. In Australia
7.What are New Year’s resolutions?
a.Reflections on the year that is ending.
b.Goals to carry out in the following twelve months
8.What food is associated with money and eaten in many countries on this day to bring good luck?
New Year's Eve, also called Old Year's Night, is celebrated on December 31st, the final day of the year. It is celebrated all over the world with parties and social gathering with usually a lot of fireworks and noise.
In the United States of America, New York is the place where this celebration is associated with. People gather in the Times Square just before midnight in the last minute of the countdown to see the "ball dropping".
The celebration is also associated with parties in other parts of the world. In France, for instance, the celebration is called le Réveillon. People also to the Eiffel Tower in Paris to see fireworks display. In Japan, people traditionally clean their home. Buddhist temple bells are rung 108 times at midnight. In Brazil, the beach of Copacabana is considered by many to be the place of the most beautiful fireworks show in the world.
Certain foods are eaten on this day in different parts of the world. However a common practice is to eat beans to bring good luck and good fortune for the upcoming year. They are considered lucky, because of the similar shape with coins.
December is also the month when we look back at the year that was and reflect. On New Year's Eve, some people commit themselves with resolutions or goals to carry out in the following twelve months. Such as eat more healthily, do more exercise, or learn something new.
How are you wrapping up this 2014?
Source: some information taken from Wikipedia