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Monday, March 9, 2009

LESSON 09 P2 --- The Chinese New Year


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THE CHINESE NEW YEAR . Page 2
EXERCISES ... continue from page 1
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Q:3 Write from your own experience:
a) New Year preparations, celebrations and customs in your own country or in another country.
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NEW YEAR
New year is celebrated in Pakistan in an Islamic manner. The Muslims do not follow non-Islamic customs. Our religion guides us to worship God on such occasions. On this day the people of our country wish new year to one another. The devoted Muslims pray to God begging forgiveness for their sins. The children ask their elders to pray for their success in life. The parents and elders give gifts to the youngsters. The people do not celebrate a holiday. A small number of people celebrate the new year celebrations in an un-Islamic manner. They arrange feasts and dance parties. They play games, watch movies and enjoy delicious dishes. In this way they waste their money and t.ime. We should advise such people to worship God. We should ask them to spend their money for welfare and well being of the people. Worship and service to human being are the bright ways to pleasure and eternal success.
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b) Any other festival celebrated in your home or country.
BASANT FAIR
Basant is the festival of kite flying. It means yellow colour. It is associated with the blooming of yellow flowers of mustard in February. It is an early spring festival. It marks the end of winter. It is held in the first or the second week of February every year.
Preparations for celebrating Basant fair are carried on for several months before the actual date. The Kite Flying Association declares the fixed date.
People go mad with joy on this day. Now Basant night is also celebrated. Kites are flown in the flood light speakers from the top of the roofs. High building are specially selected for kite flying. Every kind of festivity is allowed on this day. The sky is over cast with multi coloured kites. Music is on air through loud speakers on the top of every roof.
People invite their friends on this occasion. Feasts are served with tea and cold drinks. Basant is the symbol of the coming spring. But kite flying is a very dangerous and costly game. It is just like smoking heavy expenditure but with no return.
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c) Make a list of some colourful festivals you have seen and write an essay on one of them.
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Ans: (1) Eid ul Fitr (2) Eid ul Azha (3) Eid Miladun Nabi (4) Basant Fair
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EID UL FITR & EID UL AZHA
Eid ul Fitr is a day of rejoicing as well as thanks giving to Almighty God. The Muslims observe fast for twenty nine or thirty days of the holy month of Ramazan. Eid day is decided on the sighting of the crescent. It is celebrated on the first of Shawal. Eid ul Fitr is a reward for the Muslims who keep fast for the whole month.
On Eid day, people get up early in the morning and get ready to offer their prayers in the neighbourng mosques or open fields and parks. After the prayers the people meet one an other saying Eid Mubarak.
Friends shake hands and embrace one another. Then they go home and take "Swayyan" as breakfast. Plates of "Swayyan" and sweets are sent to the neighbors. Gifts are exchanged Eid cards and other gifts are to the near and dear ones.
Sweet dishes and "Swayyan" are the specialty of the Eid. That is why it is called the Sweet Eid. This is a day of merry making. Children get "eidee" from their parents. They go to bazaar to enjoy cold drinks and "chat". They like to buy balloons. Then they go to the zoo or to the parks to enjoy themselves in open air.
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EID UL AZHA
Eid ul Azha is celebrated ten days after the appearance of the moon of Zilhaj. The great activity and anxiety that is associated with the appearance of Eid ul Azha moon is not seen now. The Muslims put on new clothes and go to the open air or nearby mosques .to offer prayers. After that they sacrifice goats, sheep and other animals. It may continue for three days. It corresponds to the remembrance of Hazrat Ibrahim's (AS) willingness to sacrificed his own dear son in obedience to God's order. Meat of the sacrificed animals is distributed among the relative and the poor.
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BASANT FAIR
Basant is the festival of kite flying. It means yellow colour. It is associated with the blooming of yellow flowers of mustard in February. It is an early spring festival. It marks the end of winter. It is held in the first or the second week of February every year.
Preparations for celebrating Basant fair are carried on for several months before the actual date. The Kite Flying Association declares the fixed date.
People go mad with joy on this day. Now Basant night is also celebrated. Kites are flown in the flood light speakers from the top of the roofs. High building are specially selected for kite flying. Every kind of festivity is allowed on this day. The sky is over cast with multi coloured kites. Music is on air through loud speakers on the top of every roof.
People invite their friends on this occasion. Feasts are served with tea and cold drinks. Basant is the symbol of the coming spring. But kite flying is a very dangerous and costly game. It is just like smoking heavy expenditure but with no return.
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Q:4 Write 'T' for true statement and 'F' for false statement.
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i) The Muslims follow the Solar calendar. - F

ii) The Chinese calendar starts from 1st January. - F

iii) The Chinese clean their house on New Year's Eve. - F

iv) The sweet juicy cake brings good luck. - T

v) The young offer a cup of tea to their elders. - T

vi) Seventh day is a birthday of every body. - T
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Q:5 Choose the correct answer.
i) The cycle of Chinese calendar complete in
(a) ten years (b) twelve years (c) thirteen years and (d) fifteen years
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ii) On the event of the great dinner the Chinese people forget their
(a) past (b) elders (c) quarrels and (d) joys
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iii) The cleaning of houses on New Year's Day is considered
(a) a bad omen (b) a sign o f good luck (c) good for health and (d) dull

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