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The New Year

written by: Eve
 
The New Year is knocking on your door. Get in the mood for New Year's celebrations, by testing your knowledge about this joyful holiday.

Question 1:


According to which calendar, decreed in 1582, does the new year begin on January 1?
Ecclesiastical
Julian
Roman
Gregorian

Question 2:


In this country, the new year begins between January 21 and February 21, at new moon.
Norway
China
Ethiopia
Russia

Question 3:


This Roman god, usually depicted with two faces looking away from each other, gives the name of one of the months of the year and is a symbol of change and transition.
Janus
Juno
Mars
Jupiter

Question 4:


The Scottish New Year celebration, whereupon people traditionally sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, is called what?
Hogmanay
Losar
Gudi Padva
Norouz

Question 5:


Name the mythical figure, depicted as an old bearded man, dressed in a robe and usually carrying a scythe and an hourglass.
Father January
Father Year
Father Time
Father Day

Question 6:


Each year, on January 1, a New Year concert takes place, presenting mostly music of the Strauss family, broadcast in over 40 countries. In which city does this concert take place?
Salzburg
London
Munich
Vienna

Question 7:


This popular annual parade, which originated in 1890, takes place on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California.
Torchlight Parade
Light Magic
Tournament of Roses
Pride Parade

Question 8:


This English Poet Laureate, regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age poetry, wrote the poem, ‘The Death of the Old Year’.
Robert Browning
Alfred Tennyson
William Butler Yeats
T. S. Elliot

Question 9:


In this country, New Year, called ‘oshogatsu’, is generally regarded as the most important public holiday. Homes and entrance gates are decorated with ornaments made of pine, bamboo and plum trees.
Thailand
Tibet
Vietnam
Japan

Question 10:


This American novelist, author of ‘Life on Mississippi’, made the following humorous remark: ‘New Year’s Day - now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.’
John Steinbeck
Mark Twain
Henry James
Ernest Hemingway

 


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