In the IELTS Speaking Part-1 New year topic, there will be a Question & Answer session between the candidate and the examiner with 5-6 questions at most.
The examiner will also ask some general questions at the beginning about the candidate, for instance, about where you live, where you work, study etc.
The questions that you need to answer are:
- How do you celebrate New Year?
- Do you still remember a New Year that you celebrated?
- Do you have any rituals or ceremonies to celebrate the New Year in your country?
- Why do people think New Year is a new beginning?
1. How do you celebrate New Year?
New Year celebrations at my place are one of its kind. I start my day usually with prayers alongside my family. Then we go to my Aunt’s house and have a delicious family brunch there. We all play video games and chess together which is followed by an “open-air” event in the night. These street party – type events often include performances by live musicians or DJs, confetti, and a fireworks display.
2. Do you still remember a New Year that you celebrated?
Yes I remember! For New Year’s eve 2010-11, we spent the day visiting the vineyards on Waiheke Island, which is just a short ferry trip away from Auckland, New Zealand. After the tour we had some romantic sunset drinks on the island and then headed back into the city later on. As we walked back to our hotel through the city the fireworks began. It was fantastic watching them from our vantage point on the ground. What made this New Years eve so unforgettable, aside from such a brilliant location and what we did that day, was that it kicked off the year of our sabbatical.
3. Do you have any rituals or ceremonies to celebrate the New Year in your country?
There are few customs and traditions which are rigorously followed with a belief that they bring good luck, peace, and prosperity to everyone. One such belief calls for going for a polar bear swim on New Year. There is also a tradition of clapping and roaring at the time of midnight when New Year arrives in Canada. It is done with a belief that it sways away all the evils of the past and negative energies.
4. Why do people think New Year is a new beginning?
A new year is definitely a new beginning. People think it’s like a new birth. As the new year begins, everyone feels that they need to make amendments in their lives – start on a new path, do new things, and bid adieu to old habits, problems and difficulties. Often, things get rolling by making new plans and resolutions.
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