Main tasks for reading:
1. To learn some important new words and phrases. 2. To learn the passage by skimming, scanning and careful reading.
3. To learn sth. about different f
estivals and celebrations around the world.
1. 丰收 n& v harvest 2. 饿死 v. starve 3. 起源，由来 n. origin 4. 祖先，祖宗 n. ancestor 5. 信仰，信任 n. belief 6. 宗教上的，信奉宗教的 adj. religious 7. 纪念，追念 (phr) in memory of 8. 搞恶作剧，开玩笑 (phr) play a trick on … 9. to get or achieve sth you want or need v. gain 10.to look at sth and think how beautiful it is v.admire 11. be active and full of energy adj. energetic 12. to be excited and pleased about sth that is going to happen (phr): look forward to … 13. to wear special clothes for fun (phr) : dress up
Different cultures and traditions have different festivals!
Some Chinese traditional festivals
(of Chinese lunar calendar) (农历) 1. The 15th day of the 1st month-the Lantern Festival (元宵节) 2. The 5th day of the 5th month -the Dragon-boat festival (端午节) 3. the 7th day of the 7th month– Qiqiao Festival (the Chinese Valentine’s day) 4.The 15th day of the 8th month -the Mid-autumn Festival 5. the 9th day of the 9th month-Chongyang Festival the Double Ninth Festival April 5th -- Tomb-sweeping Festival (清明节)
Skimming(略读，浏览) Para 1 and sub-heading (副标题)
Festivals of all kinds have many________: origins ? some religious ________, ? some ________, seasonal ? some for special _________________. people or events
The passage lists _____ four kinds of modern festivals namely: (即 )
Festivals for the Dead Festivals to Honor People Harvest Festivals Spring Festivals
Kinds of festivals
Festivals of the Dead Festivals to Honour People Harvest Festivals
Names of Festivals ? Obon ? Day of the Dead ? Halloween
?Dragon Boat Festival ?Columbus Day ?Festival to honor Gandhi ?Thanksgiving festivals ?Mid-Autumn Festivals
countries ? Japan ? Mexico ? some western countries
?China ?the USA ?India ?European countries ?China and Japan ?China ?Christian countries ?Japan
?The Spring Festival
?Cherry Blossom Festival
Obon Festivals of the Dead Day of the Dead Halloween 1. What are festivals of the dead usually for?
Festivals of the dead are usually for honoring the dead or satisfying the ancestors, who (some people believe) might return either to help or to do harm. 2. Of the three festivals of the dead, Halloween has a lot in common with the Chinese festival: Tomb-sweeping Festival. (T/F) F
thanksgiving festivals mid-autumn festivals
? Are harvest festivals always happy events? Why or why not ?
Harvest festivals are always happy events because people are _______ grateful (thankful) that food is gathered the agricultural work (农活) is over for the winter and __________________ ? How do people celebrate the festivals (key verbs)? ? decorate…with… ? get together to … ? win awards for … ? admire… enjoy…
Spring festival Spring Festivals Easter Cherry Blossom Festival What do these spring festivals celebrate? A. The return of Jesus from the dead. B. The end of winter and the coming of spring and new life. C. The getting together of the families.
as though (as if ) it is covered with …looks _________ pink snow _____________
the Spring Festival in China
energetic 富有生气的) and It’s the most _________( important festival in China, which falls on the f______ day of the lunar year. Before the first festival, houses are cleaned and d_________. ecorated dumplings and fish At the festival , people eat ___________ and give children lucky _____ money ______ in red paper (red packets). On the eve, people watch CCTV New Year Gala and often set off __________.There are fireworks ______ dances and carnivals ________ (狂欢节) in the streets dragon
What and when did ancient people celebrate ? Most ancient festivals would celebrate the end
in spring of______________, ________________and cold weather planting _______________. harvest in autumn Sometimes celebrations were held after _________________________________. hunters had caught animals.
People would starve if food was difficult to find, especially during the cold winter months.
the Day of the Dead It is a traditional festival in Mexico to honor the dead. People light candles at a tomb covered with flowers and food.