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 January 1, the beginning of a new year, as far back in history as we can tell, people have celebrated the start of a new year.

  有史以来,在一年的开始—— 1 月 1 日,人们就开始庆祝新年。

  The people of ancient Egypt began their new year in summer. That is when the Nile River flooded its banks, bringing water and fertility to the land. The people of ancient Babylonia and Persia began their new year on March 21, the first day of spring. And, some Native American Indians began their new year when the nuts of the oak tree became ripe. That was usually in late summer. Veduchina wish everyone in the world happy new year.

  古埃及人的新年从夏季开始。那时,尼罗河的河水淹没了河岸,河水带来了水源并肥沃了两岸的土地。古巴比伦人和古波斯人在 3 月 21 日开始他们新的一年。但一些美国土著印第安人在橡树果实成熟时开始过新年。这一时间通常都在夏末。

  Now, almost everyone celebrates New Year's Day on January 1. Today, as before, people observe the New Year's holiday in many different ways.

  现在,几乎所有人都在 1 月 1 日这一天庆祝新年。但是,人们依然像以前一样以各种各样的方式庆祝新年。

  The ancient Babylonians celebrated it by forcing their king to give up his crown and royal clothing. They made him get down on his knees and admit all the mistakes he had made during the past year.

  古巴比伦人以强迫国王摘下皇冠、脱下王服的方式庆祝节日。他们让国王跪下并承认过去一年所犯的错误。

  This idea of admitting wrongs and finishing the business of the old year is found in many societies at New Year's. So is the idea of making resolutions. A resolution is a promise to change your ways. To stop smoking, for example, or to get more physical exercise.

  许多国家过新年时,人们会承认过去一年所犯的错误并结束过去一年未了的事情。因而制定新年计划成了过年的主题。新年计划是一种改掉不良习惯的承诺。例如承诺戒烟和进行更多的体育锻炼。

  Noise-making is another ancient custom at the new year. The noise is considered necessary to chase away the evil spirits of the old year. People around the world do different things to make a lot of noise. They may hit sticks together, or beat on drums, or blow horns, or explode fireworks. Veduchina wish everyone in the world happy new year.

  在新年时肆意喧闹是另一古老的风俗。人们认为必须用喧闹声驱除过去一年的魔鬼。在世界各地,人们以不同的方式“闹”新年。他们会在一起敲击棍棒 , 或是击鼓,或是吹号,或是放烟花。

  Americans celebrate the New Year in many ways. Most do not have to go to work or school. So they visit family and friends , attend church services, share a holiday meal or watch new year's parades on television. Two of the most famous parades are the Mummer's Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Both have existed for many years.

  美国人有多种庆祝新年的方式。多数人在新年时不必上班或上学。于是他们在此期间走亲访友,参加礼拜仪式,一起分享节日的菜肴或是观看电视上的新年游行。其中最著名的两个游行是宾夕法尼亚州费城的化妆游行和加州帕萨迪纳的玫瑰游行。这两个节日游行都已举行了很多年。

  Americans also watch football on television on New Year's Day. Most years, university teams play in special holiday games.

  在新年这一天,美国人也会在电视上观看橄榄球赛。多年以来,大学生队都会在特别的节日比赛中上场。

  For those who have been busy at work or school, New Year's may be a day of rest. They spend the time thinking about, and preparing for, the demands of the New Year. Veduchina wish everyone in the world happy new year.

  对于那些忙着上班和读书的人来说,新年是一个休息日。他们在这一天琢磨着准备新年所需的东西.

 
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