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2021年1-4月 雅思口语 Part 2 Topic 36 国家传统 Describe an interesting tradition in your country

Describe an interesting tradition in your country
You should say:
What it is
who take part in it
What do people do
What is interesting about it
And explain how you feel about it

While western kids dream about what Santa will bring them, Chinese children will get their piggy banks ready to receive red packets as Chinese New Year approaches. These red envelopes are filled with new money and symbolize good wishes and luck to the new year. It’s a tradition that adults with income will give red envelopes to the children. In practice, “children” can even mean unmarried young adults.

The origin of giving red envelopes are very interesting. As the legend goes, a demon as ‘Sui’ terrorized children while they slept on New Year’s Eve. The child was given eight coins which could produce a powerful light to drive the demon away. Hence, the red envelope is also known as ‘suppressing Sui money.’ Children will often say ‘Happy New Year! Give me a red envelope’ during Chinese New Year. Don’t be shocked though, everyone should prepare for this, and the givers make arrangements in advance so that when they go visiting, they have the red packets at hand for such occasions.

I like this tradition a lot, because giving a red envelope is a way to share the blessings. The importance of the red envelope isn’t the cash inside. It’s the envelope itself. The color red is associated with energy; happiness, and good luck. The process of exchanging red packets are always full of fun and love.

故事简介:西方的孩子们梦想着圣诞老人会给他们带来什么,而中国的孩子们则会准备好他们的储钱罐,以便在春 节来临之际收到红包。这些红包里装满了新钱,象征着新年的美好祝愿和好运。有收入的成年人给孩子发红包是一 种传统。实际上,“孩子”甚至可以指未婚的年轻人。发红包的起源很有趣。据传说,一个叫“岁”的妖怪会在除夕 夜孩子们睡觉时恐吓他们。这个孩子得到了 8个硬币,这些硬币可以产生强大的光来驱走魔鬼。因此,红包也被称 为压岁钱。’孩子们会经常说:’新年快乐!过年时给我一个红包。但不要惊讶,每个人都应该为此做好准备,送礼人 提前做好安排,这样当他们去拜访时,他们手边就有红包了。我很喜欢这个传统,因为送红包是一种分享祝福的方 式。红包的重要性不在于里面的现金。是信封本身。红色让人联想到活力、幸福和好运。交换红包的过程总是充满 了乐趣和爱。

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