Unit 1 Festivals Around the World
What kind of festival did we just celebrate?
Spring Festival Lantern Festival Pure and Brightness Festival … T
he Double Ninth Day Youth Day
Dragon Boat Festival
Festivals are meant to celebrate times of year.
Discuss: when they take place, what they celebrate and what people do at that time.
? January / February ? The end of winter, arrival of spring, Lunar New Year, reunion with family and relatives ? red paper; dragon dances; eat dumplings; New Year’s visit
? October 1 ? The founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 ? Take time off work; travel to visit family or to see other parts of China; go shopping
Dragon Boat Festival
? The fifth day of the fifth month in lunar calendar ? The memory of poet Qu Yuan ? Eat Zhongzi; watch dragon boat races; put herbs on doorways for good health
? Nowadays, foreign festivals are more and more popular in China. Can you list some? ? Let’s see some pictures and guess.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Festival and Celebrations
? How do people around the world celebrate their festivals?
What festivals are mentioned in the text?
Festivals of the Dead
Festivals to honour people
?Skim the reading passage and then fill in the following chart.
Festivals Festivals of the dead Festivals to honour People Harvest Festivals Spring Festivals Names of Festival Countries
Festivals of the Dead
Names of Festivals Obon Day of the Dead Halloween
Japan Mexico some Western countries China
Festivals to Honour People
Dragon Boat Festival Columbus Day festival to honor Gandhi
harvest/ Thanksgiving festivals mid-autumn festivals
European and other countries China and Japan
Spring Festival Easter and related holidays Cherry Blossom Festival
China Some Western countries
Answer the following questions:
1.Which three times of the year did people celebrate in ancient times? 2. Why does India have a national festival on October 2? 3. How do Europeans celebrate Thanksgiving festivals? 4. What is one important reason to have festivals and celebrations?
1.Which three times of the year did people celebrate in ancient times?
a. the end of cold weather; b. planting in spring and harvest in autumn; c. When hunters caught animals. 2. Why does India have a national festival on October 2?
To honor Gandhi who helped gain Indian’s independence from Britain.
3. How do Europeans celebrate Thanksgiving festivals?
People decorate churches and town halls with flowers and fruit; people get together to have meals. 4. What is one important reason to have festivals and celebrations? It is important to have festivals and celebrations so we can enjoy life, be proud of our customs and forget our work for a little while.
Find the sentence closest in meaning to the following one People celebrate some festivals to show respect for the dead or to make the ancestors satisfied, who might come back to do good or harm.
Some festivals are held to honour the dead or to satisfy the ancestors, who might return either to help or to do harm.
Translate the following sentence into Chinese and pick out the main structure
? The most energetic and important festivals are the ones that look forward to the end of winter and to the coming of spring.
The festivals are the ones. 最富有生气而又最重要的节日，就是 告别冬天、迎来春天的日子。
There are all kinds of festivals and celebrations ___________ around the world, which are held for different reasons. The _______ ancient ________ festivals were mainly held at three times honor in a year. Some festivals are held to ______ the dead or satisfy the _________ ancestors in case they might return either to help or to ___ do _____, harm while other festivals are held to honor famous people, such as
_______ _____Festival ______ and Columbus Day. Dragon Boat Harvest and Thanksgiving festivals are gathered happy events because the food is _________ for the winter and the ___________work is agricultural over. And the most _________ energetic and important festivals are the ones that look forward to the end of winter and to the coming of spring, such as the ______ Lunar New ______ Year, at which people have a very good time. Some Western countries have very exciting carnivals Festivals let us enjoy ____. ________. life
Discussing My favourite festival
? What is your favourite festival? Why? ? When is it? ? What is the festival about? ? How long can we have it for holiday? ? What do we usually do in the festival?
I like … festival best. It is celebrated on …. to remember/ in memory of …. It usually lasts … days. People do ….
1. Read the text again. 2. Try to retell the text with only a few sentences. 3. Polish the article "My favourite festival".