Part-2 特殊节日 Special Festival

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IELTS Speaking Part 2-283: IELTS Cue Card with Model Answer.

Describe a special festival in your country.

描述你们国家一个特殊的节日。

You should say:

  • What the festival is
  • When it is
  • How people celebrate this festival

And explain what you like and what you dislike about it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

你有2分钟时间回答PART 2,在回答之前,你有1分钟的准备时间,准备时你可以写笔记。


Model Answer 1:

I have been asked to talk about a popular festival, so I’d like to tell you all about Spring Festival. The festival is basically a celebration of the new year and a farewell to the old year. According to the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year should start sometime in early February or late January. It is celebrated just to usher in a new year and to get rid of the demons from the older generation.

I don’t know the history of the New Year Festival that well. I only know that it is a festival that has basically been celebrated in a very similar way for hundreds of years, and that it mixes a bit of religion,superstition and festivity of the new season. I do know that it used to be celebrated a lot in the streets with a big parade and two dragons chasing a ball. We still do that now, but not as much; mostly you will find that at the Miao Hui carnivals.

People celebrate it by decorating their house with various emblems and also by getting together, having a big dinner, and giving hongbao, which actually means “red packets” . You see, in our Spring Festival we don’t give presents. Instead, a married couple will give a single relative or friend a red packet with money in it. As for the dinner, it can vary-there’s no dinner that we have to eat.

In the west, I know you usually eat turkey. But in Beijing most people eat dumplings, and part of the fun is just sitting around and making them. Together with all our family members, we often sit around and gamble by playing cards or Mahjong, which is a very famous type of game with chips, played a bit like Bridge, but of course much different. On the second day, we often go around and visit friends. Another way people celebrate Spring Festival is by dressing up in new clothes, and we often go out and attend what we call Miao Hui, which are simply outdoor carnivals, which basically sell a lot of things, and they hold a few events like Chinese opera.

I think that the reason Spring Festival is so popular is because a lot of our economy is planned around it. I mean even though we do think of January as the beginning of the year officially, many think of Spring Festival as the real beginning of the financial year. Also, because the holidaystretches for 15 days, it gives many people a chance to reunite with their family for the longest period of the year. In that sense you could say that it is like Christmas in the west.