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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.
Ethiopia
Russia
China
Norway

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.
Juno
Mars
Jupiter
Janus

Question 4:


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

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 Year
Father January
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?
London
Munich
Salzburg
Vienna

Question 7:


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

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’.
Alfred Tennyson
T. S. Elliot
William Butler Yeats
Robert Browning

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.
Tibet
Japan
Vietnam
Thailand

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.’
Henry James
John Steinbeck
Mark Twain
Ernest Hemingway

 


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