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New Year’s Day

  • Are any of the things similar to New Year’s celebrations in your country?
  • What traditional ways of welcoming the New Year do you have in your family or in your region?
  • How old are your New Year traditions? Did your grandparents celebrate in the same way?
  • Are children allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve in your country?
  • Are there any special meals or activities for New Year’s day?
  • What are you and your family planning to do this year?
  • Did you speak English over the holidays? Who with?
  • Did you read anything in English, or see an English film? Which one?
  • Did you celebrate New Year’s Eve? What did you do?
  • Were these holidays ‘typical’ holidays? Did you do anything different? What?
  • Did you see your family this holiday? Who did you see?
  • Did you have a special meal during the holidays? What did you eat?
  • Can you think of two things you were happy about from last year?
  • What are you looking forward to this year? If you aren’t looking forward to this year, why aren’t you?
  • Have you ever made any of these popular New Year’s resolutions?
    • Would you like to do make any of them?
      • Quit smoking?
      • Eat more healthily?
      • Do more exercise?
      • Lose weight?
      • Learn a language?
    • Are you going to take a holiday this year?
      • Where are you going to go?
    • Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution?
      • What was it?
      • Were you successful?
    • If you had another week of holidays, what would you do?
    • What two things would you like to see or do this year?
    • Can you think of funny or serious resolutions for the following people.
      • Barak Obama?
      • The Queen?
      • A famous pop star you like?
    • Was last year a good year for you? In what way or why not?
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MY WISH FOR YOU

I wish you
Health
Wisdom to choose priorities
Generosity so you may share
Hours of happy times with friends and family
Abundant time for relaxation
Prosperity
Plenty of love when you need it
Everything you need
Success in each facet of your life.
Close and caring friends.

The best of everything

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Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions?
A New Year’s Resolution is a promise to yourself to improve your life in some way. You can improve your life by starting something new, by trying harder at something, by cutting down on something, or even quitting something. OR we can just keep doing what we are doing now.

Did you know that The tradition of the New Year’s Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C.?

Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar.With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

The New Year has not always begun on January 1, and it doesn’t begin on that date everywhere today. It begins on that date only for cultures that use a 365-day solar calendar. January 1 became the beginning of the New Year in 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar developed a calendar that would more accurately reflect the seasons than previous calendars had.

The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. He was always depicted with two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back. Thus he could look backward and forward at the same time. At midnight on December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new. The Romans began a tradition of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Eve by giving one another branches from sacred trees for good fortune. Later, nuts or coins imprinted with the god Janus became more common New Year’s gifts.

In the Middle Ages, Christians changed New Year’s Day to December 25, the birth of Jesus. Then they changed it to March 25, a holiday called the Annunciation. In the sixteenth century, Pope Gregory XIII revised the Julian calendar, and the celebration of the New Year was returned to January 1.

The Julian and Gregorian calendars are solar calendars. Some cultures have lunar calendars, however. A year in a lunar calendar is less than 365 days because the months are based on the phases of the moon. The Chinese use a lunar calendar. Their new year begins at the time of the first full moon (over the Far East) after the sun enters Aquarius- sometime between January 19 and February 21.

Although the date for New Year’s Day is not the same in every culture, it is always a time for celebration and for customs to ensure good luck in the coming year.
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