杰克: Hi, Happy new year!
凯特: Hey,the same to you!
杰克: Time flies!One year has been a history aleady!
凯特: Definitely,it`s time to say byebye to the last year and to say hello to the new year!
杰克: Yeah.Did you made some good resolutions for this new year?
凯特: Some resolutions?That`s a wonderful idea,but I have no idea yet.How about you?
杰克: I want to be healthier this year,so I think I should take more exercises.
凯特: That will be a good job!Anything else?
杰克: Maybe I should make a plan about learning my biochemistry,what a mass!
凯特: Sounds great!Let`s go to make our plans!
杰克: Let`s go!
A: Happy New Year!
B: Uh...I'm a bit confused; New Year's Day was over weeks ago.
A: You must be kidding! It is Chinese New Year, silly!
B: Oh right, it slipped my mind. Why do you celebrate two New Years?
A: Chinese New Year is according to the lunar calendar. Chinese have been celebrating New Years in this fashion for thousands of years.
B: I noticed that our company was very empty the past couple of days.
A: That is because everyone goes home for Chinese New Year; it is a family holiday, not so much a party holiday. Would you like to come to my house for New Year's Dinner?
B: Of course. Will you set off firecrackers?
A: Naturally, but the most important thing that we do during New Years is to eat! So make sure to bring your appetite!
A:The Spring Festival is drawing close. By then we will have five days off. I am expecting it.
B:Can you tell me something about the Spring Festival?
A:Just like you celebrate Christmas, we celebrate our lunar New Year's Day, the Spring Festival. It is a time for the family members and relatives to have a get-together.
B:Christmas is also a special time for us to have the family reunion and to express our best wishes to those we love and those who love us in the coming new year.
A:Christmas has more religious nature, while our Spring Festival is a more traditional holiday. On the New Year's Eve, we have a big dinner called "Family Reunion Dinner". One of the traditional food to eat at the dinner is dumplings. After that, the adults usually sit chatting, watching TV, or playing cards.
B:What are the children doing?
A:They usually go outside to play firecrackers and fireworks.
B:I heard one of the purposes to do it Is to frighten the devils so they wtll not come to do any harm to people in the next year.
A:Perhaps it is like what people told you. At 24 hours midnight, the time when the New Year real comes, we exchange "Happy New Year" to each other, and parents and grandparents will take out small packages wrapped with red paper, in them are some what we call "Lucky Money".
B:Who will get the money?
A:Of course the children.