New Year Quizzes
Are these statements true or false?
1) The day celebrated as New Year’s Day was not always January 1st . In ancient times it was celebrated on the first day of summer. (__)
2) Other traditions of the season don’t include the making of New Year’s resolutions . (__)
3) Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to gain weight and start smoking.
4) An old popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment. (__)
5) The tradition of using a baby to signify the New Year was begun in Greece around 600 BC to represent the annual rebirth of Dionysus, the god of wine as the spirit of fertility. (__)
6) The church didn’t allow its members to celebrate the New Year with a baby, which was to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus. (__)
7) Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. (__)
8) It has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. (__)
9) Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a square is good luck, because it symbolizes “coming full circle”, completing a year’s cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune. (__)
10) Cabbage is a “bad luck” vegetable that is consumed on New Year’s Day by many.
Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. (__)
KEY: 1(F; SPRING,NOT SUMMER); 2(F; INCLUDE); 3 (F; LOSE WEIGHT AND STOP SMOKING); 4(T); 5(T); 6(F; ALLOWED); 7(T); 8(T); 9(F; THE SHAPE OF A RING, NOT A SQUARE); 10(F; GOOD LUCK, NOT BAD LUCK)