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GROUP. Some Scottish traditions for the New Year have spread to otherparts of the UK.Hogmanay festival is the celebration of theNew Yearin the Scottishmanner. It lasts through the night until the morning of New Year's Day or, insome cases, the 2nd of January.
One of the Scots’ most widespread custom that is supposed to bring
good luck is the practice of 'first-footing' which starts immediately aftermidnight and involves being the first person to visit friends and relatives aftermidnight. Dark- haired men are very popular at this time of the year becauseif they bring you gifts such as coal and a bottle of whisky this means that youwill have good luck and warmth for the whole year.At New Year in the UK and other speaking countries groups of peoplesometimes hold hands and sing a song called Auld Lang Syne.
A.
 
Decide if the following sentence is true, partly true or false
:
People in alparts of Britain 
have the tradition of „first 
 footing‟.” 
 
a.
 
Listen and find the answer to the following question
: “Who wrote Auld  Lang Syne?” 
 
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nd
GROUP. Chinese New Year is a big street party that occurs inJanuary or February, depending on the start of the Chinese calendar. Citieswith a large Chinese population, such as London, celebrate New Year with bignoisy street parties. Huge colourful dragons dance along the streets and thefireworks are defeaning.Pupils who wish their Chinese colleagues Happy New Year in Chineseare recompensed with envelopes full of money.
B.
 
Decide if the following sentence is true, partly true or false
: “
Chinese New 
Year occurs in the late winter months.” 
 
 b.
 
Listen and find the answer to the following question
: “What colour 
are the 
envelopes and why is this colour used?” 
 
 
 3
rd
GROUP. The Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of Carribeanculture: music, dance, costumes and food, which takes place at the end of thesummer in Notting Hill, West London. Traditional steel bands- musiciansplaying a series of instruments made from oil drums- go through the streetson the back of lorries. People are wearing exotic Caribbean costumes. Theother great musical tradition of the Caribbean, reggae is also represented onstages
.
 
C.
 
Decide if the following sentence is true, partly true or false
:
“The music that  you hear at the Notting Hill Carnival is reggae.” 
 
c.
 
Listen and find the answer to the following question
: “How many peoplevisit the carnival every year?” 
 
4
th
Group. Almost 150,000 Hindus and more than half a millionMuslims live in UK. Diwali is a Hindu festival which takes place in October orNovember. It celebrates the time when the god Vishnu in human form
 – 
Rama- came back from exile after 14 years to become king and he was elcomed bypeople carrying little lamps.
D.
 
Decide if the following sentence is true, partly true or false:
 
Diwali is the 
celebration of nature.” 
 
d.
 
Listen and find the answer to the following question
: “
Why is the 
celebration called Diwali?” 
 
 
 5
th
GROUP. Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Muslimcalendar and is the month of fasting. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection,improvement and prayer. Muslims are expected to put more effort intofollowing the teachings of Islam. Thus, according to theQuran,Muhammadfirst received revelations in the month of Ramadan thatis why, this month is considered to be the most sacred month of the Islamiccalendar. Strict Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunsetduring this time.
E.
 
Decide if the following sentence is true, partly true or false:
 
“During  Ramadan, strict Muslims should not eat during the hours of daylight.” 
 
e.
 
Listen and find the answer to the following question
:
“What do Muslimstraditionally do on the last day of Ramadan?” 
 
6
th
GROUP
. Saint Valentine’s Day is famous in many parts of the world,but is not celebrated on the same date everywhere. In the UK, it’s on 14th
February. People send anonymous cards to the people they love, or peoplethat they would like to go out with. The usual message is: Would you be myValentine? Saint Valentine was an early Christian who was executed becauseof his beliefs.
F.
 
Decide if the following sentence is true, partly true or false:
“St. Valentine‟ s Day is the same all over the world.” 
 
f.
 
Listen and find the answer to the following question
:
“How did he becomethe patron saint of lovers?” 
 

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