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New Year’s Eve Vocabulary

Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 11:12 AM
posted by Jo

With only one day to go until New Year’s Eve, you might wish to revise some common words and vocabulary that you might hear if you are out celebrating this occasion.

New Year’s Day – The day when people celebrate the beginning of a new year.  It is held on 1st January and in some countries it is a holiday from work.

New Year’s Eve - New Year’s Eve is the night before New Year’s Day, the 31st December.  On New Year’s Eve, family and friends often get together for dinner or have a party to welcome in the new year.

New Year’s Resolution – New Year’s Day is a time of new beginnings, so people often make new year’s resolution -a promise or goal that they hope to accomplish during the coming year.

Celebration - To engage in festivities or rejoicing.

Count down – to count backwards to an event that will start when zero is reached. People around the world count down the seconds to midnight on 31st December to count in the new year.

Midnight – the middle of the night, specifically 12 o’clock at night. People celebrating New Year’s Eve stay up until midnight to celebrate the transition from one year to the next.

Party – A social gathering for amusement or celebration.

Fireworks – An explosive device that produces an exciting display of coloured light and makes a loud noise.  Fireworks are usually used as part of a New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world. 

Happy New Year – this is a phrase that people say to each other on New Year’s Day to wish eachother well for the coming year.

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