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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?
Roman
Ecclesiastical
Julian
Gregorian

Question 2:


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

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?
Gudi Padva
Losar
Norouz
Hogmanay

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 Day
Father Year
Father Time

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?
Munich
London
Vienna
Salzburg

Question 7:


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

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
William Butler Yeats
Alfred Tennyson
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
Japan
Vietnam
Tibet

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.’
Mark Twain
Ernest Hemingway
Henry James
John Steinbeck

 


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