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All About Mardi Gras

26th February 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • festive: cheerful, exciting, celebratory
  • celebrate: to participate in fun activities because of a special event
  • parade: a public show of marching bands and floats moving through a street
  • tradition: a practice that a certain culture participates in for a specific event

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

Mardi Gras is a festive celebrated all around the world. Mardi Gras parades often include colourful floats, feathered , and lots of food. The name “Mardi Gras” is French, translating into “Fat Tuesday” in English. The celebration originated as a religious holiday, marking the day the Christian tradition of Lent. Christians would often make pancakes on this day to use up all of the milk, , and eggs in their houses. This became known as Pancake Day, and later as Mardi Gras when people began to celebrate it in France. Today, Mardi Gras is celebrated by people of all . In some places – such as New Orleans, Louisiana – the parties and parades can last for two weeks.

Comprehension questions

1. The English translation of "Mardi Gras" is

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The English translation of "Mardi Gras" is "Fat Tuesday".

2. Mardi Gras is now celebrated by

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Mardi Gras is now celebrated by people of all cultures.

3. In places like New Orleans, Mardi Gras celebrations can last for

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In places like New Orleans, Mardi Gras celebrations can last for two weeks.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? If so, what kinds of traditions do you have? If not, what other holidays do you celebrate, and what kinds of traditions do you have for those holidays?

Transcript

Mardi Gras is a festive holiday celebrated all around the world. Mardi Gras parades often include colourful floats, feathered
masks, and lots of food. The name “Mardi Gras” is French, translating into “Fat Tuesday” in English. The celebration originated as a religious holiday, marking the day before the Christian tradition of Lent. Christians would often make pancakes on this day to use up all of the milk, butter, and eggs in their houses. This became known as Pancake Day, and later as Mardi Gras when people began to celebrate it in France. Today, Mardi Gras is celebrated by people of all cultures. In some places— such as New Orleans, Louisiana— the parties and parades can last for two weeks.

Origin of the New Year’s Celebration

3rd January 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock
Happy New Year

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • celebrate: to honour a holiday with a party or ceremony
  • festive: cheerful and exciting, especially because of a holiday
  • resolution: a goal for the new year
  • improve: to become better in some way
  • take place: to happen
  • introduce: to put something new into use

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Origin of the New Year’s Celebration

Today, New Year’s is a festive holiday celebrated all the world. The tradition began 4,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, where the people celebrated each year with an 11-day . Even back then, people made New Year’s resolutions. They believed that making to improve themselves helped to make sure the gods would stay with the kingdom. During that time, the celebration took place in March, but a new was introduced over 1,000 years later in Ancient Rome. Since then, New Year’s has mostly been celebrated on January 1st.

Comprehension questions

1. The tradition of celebrating New Year's began

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The tradition of celebrating New Year's began 4,000 years ago.

2. The people of ancient Mesopotamia made resolutions because

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The people of ancient Mesopotamia made resolutions because they wanted to make the gods happy.

3. Originally, the New Year's celebration took place in

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Originally, the New Year's celebration took place in March.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Do you have any resolutions this year? How do you plan to achieve them?

Transcript

The Origin of the New Year’s Celebration
Today, New Year’s is a festive holiday celebrated all around the world. The tradition began 4,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, where the people celebrated each year with an 11-day festival. Even back then, people made New Year’s resolutions. They believed that making promises to improve themselves helped to make sure the gods would stay happy with the kingdom. During that time, the celebration took place in March, but a new calendar was introduced over 1,000 years later in Ancient Rome. Since then, New Year’s has mostly been celebrated on January 1st.


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