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Answer to the Exercise on the Customs of Spring Festival

Jan. 27, 2014

Answer: C

Spring Festival is the most important festival for Chinese people. It is when all family members get together, similar to Christmas in the West. Generally, there are a series of customs Chinese people follow when celebrating Spring Festival. The lively atmosphere not only fills every household, but permeates the streets and roads.

During Spring Festival, people usually “贴春联(tiē chūnlián)” paste Spring Festival couplets on their door panels, which are used to represent their wishes for the New Year. “放鞭炮(fàng biānpào), Setting off firecrackers” is also one of the most typical customs during Spring Festival. People believe the exploding sounds can help drive away evil spirits. Another tradition involves the elders, who will give children “红包(hóngbāo), red packets.” “红包(hóngbāo) red packets” are filled with money and stand for good luck.

There is an idiom in China that goes, “民以食为天(Mín yǐ shí wéi tiān) People make food their heaven.” For Chinese people, different festivals have different traditional foods, such as, “饺子(jiǎozi) dumplings,” which are traditional Spring Festival food; “粽子(zòngzi), rice dumplings (a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves),” which are eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival.

In the test, “春联(chūnlián), Spring Festival couplets,” “鞭炮(biānpào), firecrackers,” “红包(hóngbāo), red packets” are the customs of Spring Festival. While “粽子(zòngzi),” rice dumplings” are the traditional food of the Dragon Boat Festival. So the correct answer is C.

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