“When Is a New Year? New Year’s Celebrations Around the World” – practice English with Spotlight

Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Colin Lowther. And I’m Liz Waid. Spotlight uses a special English method of
broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no
matter where in the world they live. Every year on December 31st millions of people
around the world stay up late. They stay awake until the clock turns to midnight. They do this to celebrate the end of one year
and the beginning of another. When the clock reaches midnight, everyone
cheers and shouts. Some people kiss someone they love. A New Year’s celebration can be a fun celebration
with friends or family. It is a good time to think about the past. But it is also a good time to think about
your hopes for the future. However, did you know that if you live in
a large city, such as San Francisco in the United States or London in England, you may
see New Year’s celebrations all year? This is because people have come to these
cities from all around the world. They bring their traditions and celebrations
with them. And not everyone celebrates the new year on
same day. Russian people celebrate “Novy Gode” on
January 14. The Assyrian New Year is called Kha b-Nisan. It is celebrated on April 1st. And people from Thailand celebrate the New
Year in April as well. They call the celebration the Songkran Festival. Today’s Spotlight is on different New Year’s
celebrations like these from around the world. In the country of Vietnam, people celebrate
the new year with the holiday Tet Nguyen Dan, or “Tet” Holiday. This is the festival of first days. It marks the beginning of the lunar new year. This celebration is on different days each
year. This is because the time of celebration is
based on the moon. But it is usually around late January or early
February. During Tet, people often return to their family
homes. It is important to begin a new year clean,
happy, and full of good luck. So, people clean their homes. They pay debts. They may display a New Year’s tree in their
home to keep away evil spirits. It can be a kumquat, peach, apricot or tangerine
tree. When the clock strikes midnight on the new
year, people make as much noise as possible. They shout and hit drums or other instruments. They wish each other “chuc mung nam moi”
or Happy New Year! The Persian New Year happens in the month
of March. Three hundred million people around the world
celebrate the Persian New Year, called “Nowruz”. Nowruz marks the beginning of the Iranian
calendar. It is a 13-day-long celebration. Masoud is a Persian man living in London. He spoke to the BBC about what Nowruz means
to him. “For me, it has been brought down from the
generations. We have been told about the culture of Iran. And the celebration of the new year. Which brings new life to spring into action
for the year. And it is just a time to be full of joy!” Nowruz is a time for families to be together. People travel home if they are able. They set a table with seven special things
that begin with the Persian letter S. This is called “Haft-sin”. Each thing represents something different. They may represent age, love, wealth, spring,
new birth, health, and a sweet life. People wish each other “aidé shomā mobārak”. This means “Happy New Year!” Hindu people living in the south of India
celebrate “Ugadi”. And Hindu people living in other parts of
India celebrate “Gudi Padwa”. These celebrations are similar in many ways. There are two names because the people speak
different languages. But during both celebrations, people create
beautiful designs on floors called rangoli. They clean their houses and eat together with
family. And of course, they wish each other “naye
saal ki shubh-kamnaye” which means, happy new year. Rupa Vaitla lives in India. She believes these celebrations are important. She spoke to the website DeccanChronicle.com. “Every celebration has its own meaning. It has been passed down from generations. They all have a story to tell. This is what makes us and our families grow
stronger and closer. We must teach our children the importance
of every festival. They are the ones to take our culture and
history forward.” There are many other times that people celebrate
a new year. Jewish people celebrate “Rosh Hashanah”
at the end of September. Muslim people mark “Murharram” around
the same time. People in Cambodia celebrate new year in April. People in Korea celebrate at the end of January. Each of these traditions are different. But many involve cleaning, family, food, and
remembering the past. When someone celebrates a different tradition
then we do, it can make us feel separate and different from them. But it does not have to. In 2019, the Ethiopian New Year festival of
Enkutatash was at the same time as the Chinese Autumn festival. Some Chinese people who were living and working
in Ethiopia held a combined celebration. Kang Rongyao moved from China to Ethiopia
for work. He told the website Xinhua: “Celebrating the two events in one place
together with my Ethiopian colleagues was a special experience. I was amazed and happy with the many traditions
and cultural values of our two countries. They value a family connection. And the traditions of the celebration give
me a look at the meaningful Ethiopian culture. I think it is in many ways similar to the
Chinese culture.” New Year’s celebrations are a great time
to think about your own life. You can think about the past year or the future
year. It can also be a good time to think about
people all around the world. People celebrate different things in different
ways. But when we enter into a new tradition, we
may be surprised to discover how similar we are to one another. Have you ever celebrated a New Year of another
culture? Did you learn anything new about the world? Did you learn anything about yourself? Tell us what you think. You can leave a comment on our website. Or email us at [email protected] You can also comment on Facebook at Facebook.com/spotlightradio. The writer of this program was Adam Navis. The producer was Michio Ozaki. The voices you heard were from the United
Kingdom and the United States. All quotes were adapted for this program and
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  2. Tet holiday is so exciting and I always look forward to it. This holiday usually lasts for around 3-4 days and it takes place when a new year comes according to the Lunar calendar. I love Tet holiday, because on this holiday, I have so many days off after busy work and study, especially, there is a good opportunity for my family to gather together. We have so many fantastic activities to do on this holiday. In early morning, we will have a big meal. We usually go to pagoda to pray for our families. We give children lucky money with the hope that it will bring a fortune to those kids. We make “chung” cakes and tell everyone we love good things that we hope them to archieve in new year. Every Tet holiday, I play cards with my siblings, my father and my grand father. That’s so funny. Tet holiday is so important to me and also to Vietnamese people. We will have more time to spend with people we love. It’s also a great time to think about what we have done in the previous year and make plans for the new year.

    That's everything typical of Tet holiday in Vietnam>> HAPPY NEW YEAR. Wish Spotlight to develop gradually . Fighting !!!

  3. Happy new year everybody around the world Today i learned someting new about celebration january the 1st
    A wink from France Greetings

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