LOWER INTERMEDIATE - READING 5

As you read the story, think about the answers to these questions.
1. Where was New Year first celebrated?
2. What is the song about?

New Year

'People make a New Year's Resolution'

New Year was first celebrated in Babylon 4,000 years ago. The Babylonians celebrated on the day of the first new moon after the start of Spring. It was a time of new beginnings. Crops were planted and flowers blossomed. The celebration continued for 11 days.

Today English speaking countries celebrate on January 1st. People make a New Year's resolution; for example, many people promise to give up smoking or lose weight. Many people attend New Year's Eve parties. At midnight they sing a traditional song called 'Auld Lang Syne.' The song is about remembering times that have now passed. Everyone wishes each other a happy New Year.

This song was written in 1788 by Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

old lang syne = long ago
OLD LANG SYNE

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind;
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And days of old lang syne.
For old lang syne, my dear,
For old lang syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For old lang syne.

Should old Acquaintance be forgot
And never thought upon
The Flames of Love extinguished
And freely past and gone?
Is thy kind Heart now grown so cold
In that Loving Breast of thine
That thou canst never once reflect
On Old-long-syne?

Where are thy Protestations
Thy Vows and Oaths, my Dear
Thou made to me, and I to thee
In Register yet clear?
Is Faith and Truth so violate
To the Immortal Gods Divine
That thou canst never once reflect
On Old-long-syne?

You can hear the music at: http://www.tamoshanter.free-online.co.uk/Auldls.htm *

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