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2014
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New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day

1st January — New Year’s Day is the most favorite of all holidays in Ukraine. As in Western countries on Christmas Eve, Ukrainians give New Year presents; children receive their presents under the New Year Tree on the morning of the 1st January.

Traditionally just prior to midnight there’s a Presidential speech broadcast nationally.

When the clock strikes midnight, people pop open their Champaign bottles and raise a toast. With the first glass they congratulate each other as the clock strikes 12 times and fireworks fill the sky.

The week before the New Year is a busy one with shopping, parties at work, decorating pine and fir-trees, and cooking the year’s most delicious meals.

The main folk heroes of this holiday are Father Frost (Did Moroz) and his grand-daughter “Sniguronka” (The Snow Girl).

The tradition of predicting fortunes on this night is very popular among young people. A peculiar tradition includes writing down on a piece of paper your wish for the coming year, then dropping it into your champagne and drinking it as the clock strikes twelve times.

Another “fun” folk tradition practiced mainly in the villages on New Year night is for the unmarried girls to go outside and throw one of their boots over the Hosts’ fence. Whichever way the toe of the boot ends up pointing indicates where the future husband will come from.

Nearly all businesses remain closed from December 31st to January 8th.

Tasks

1. Find the English equivalents:

  • отримувати подарунки,
  • феєрверк,
  • Снігуронька,
  • бити (про годинник),
  • народна традиція,
  • вітати один одного,
  • пророчити майбутнє,
  • проголошувати тост.

Make up dialogues with them.

2. Tell your classmates about the New Year traditions in your family. Ask them about it.

3. Tell your classmates about the New Year celebration in your childhood and nowadays.

4. Complete the sentences.

1) One New Year’s Eve, my neighbors asked me to come … to their house for a party.

2) I invited my friend to go with me. At first he didn’t want to go, but I talked him … it.

3) We put … our party hats and went to the party.

4) We showed … late.

5) By the time we got there, they had already opened … a case of champagne.

6) Everyone was getting … very well.

7) The guests were talking … what they had done for the year.

8) We thought … different things we wanted to do for the upcoming year.

9) So we wrote … our New Year’s Eve resolutions.

10) As we counted … to the New Year, everyone started to get excited.

11) At the stroke of midnight, the fireworks went … .

12) The sky was lit … .

13) At the party, my friend ran … his boss.

14) So my friend took … as soon as he could.

15) I got home when the sun came … .

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