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Festivals around the world. Reading . Mid-Autumn Festival. National Day. Spring Festival. We need festivals/ celebrations. To memorize some victories . To celebrate harvests . Why?. To relax themselves. To celebrate the end of a year or the new year . To ….

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around the world


Mid-Autumn Festival

National Day

Spring Festival

We need

festivals/ celebrations

To memorize some victories

To celebrate harvests


To relax themselves

To celebrate the end of a year or the new year

To …

To honor some famous but dead people

Whacky festivals

If you prefer it hot, Finland is the place for you to compete in the Sauna Bathing Championships. Every 30 seconds the heat is turned up, but the contestants must keep their naked bums firmly on the wooden seat, while remaining seated in an upright position. The last person left in the sauna is the winner.

  • Sauna Bathing Festival

Whacky festivals

Every August thousands of Spaniards take part in the La Tomatina Festival in Bunol. Truckloads of tomatoes are pulled in each year and dumped in the city centre. The people throw tomatoes at each other for the whole day, but the only rule is that the tomato must be flattened in the hand first, before being thrown. Even elderly grandmothers have been known to take part.

The La TomatinaFestival

  • Sauna Bathing Festival

  • August, Finland

  • It challenges people’s physical resistance

  • People throw tomatoes at each other

  • The Tomato Festival

  • August, Spain

  • It celebrates the harvest.

  • enjoy moon cakes, full moon, get together

  • Mid-Autumn Festival

  • Autumn, China

  • It celebrates the beauty, harvest…

  • A reunion dinner, money in red paper, enjoy fireworks, dumplings, visit family members.

  • Jan. or Feb.

  • Spring Festival

  • Eat zongzi, watch dragon boat races, put herbs on doorways for good health.

  • The fifth day of the fifth moth in lunar calendar

  • To honor the poet Qu Yuan who died in 278 BC

  • Dragon Boat Festival

  • Oct. 1

  • National Day

  • The founding of China in 1949

  • Take time off work, travel, go shopping…

Pre-reading family members

What festivals or celebrations do you have in your city or town? What part of a festival do you like best– the activities, the music, the sights, the food or the people who visit?

The forth China Hangzhou Chaoshan Mountain Plum Blossom Festival

Conversations on festivals family members



from Congo

What is your favorite festival?

My favorite festival is…

When and where does it take place?

It takes place…

What does it celebrate?

It celebrates …

What do people do on that day?


What part of the festival do you like best?

I …

The family members annual Xihu Music Festival was kicked off at Hangzhou's Taiziwan Park this weekend, boasting of an array of musical bands and stars from home and aboard.

Visitors enjoy a walk in the Xixi National Wetland Park where an annual flower festival opened yesterday and will run through May 15. Flowers in 550 varieties, 100 more than last year, are placed along a scenic causeway in the park. During the festival, weddings and performances by artists from many countries will entertain visitors.

Skimming for the main idea family members

  • introduces

The passage briefly __________ the ancient kinds

of ___________ with their reasons and then

__________ different kinds of festivals that

happen worldwide.

  • festivals

  • four

Kinds of family members



to Honor






Scanning for key information

Today’s festivals have many origins, some religious, some seasonal, and some for special people or events.

Festivals ofthe Dead

Day of the family members



Festivals of

the Dead



(some western



Festivals family members

to Honor


Festival to



Dragon Boat







Thanksgiving family members




(China and Japan)

(European and other countries)



Spring family members







Easter and

related holidays


(some western



Para. 1 family members

  • It is said that the earliest festival held worldwide is _______.

  • Why are the most famous and important festivals always religious?

  • depend on nature;

  • strong belief in nature;

  • Spring Festival in China

Festivals of the Dead family members

  • What are festivals of the dead usually for?

  • Festivals of the dead are for honoring or satisfying dead ancestors, who some people believe might return to help or do harm to the living people.

  • harm. Adj. — harm. Vt.

  • … or harm the living people

  • Small possibilities

Light family members … and play …

…lead …

Go to clean …and light …in memory of …

What things are similar? family members

What things are different?

Dress up…ask for…

Play a trick on…

Treat or trick

Festivals to Honor People family members

First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.

…honor …/ … is in …of …

…memorize…/ …is in memory of …

Though the road of searching for truth is endless and hard, I will never give up.

You will not conquer the Pacific if you don’t have enough courage.

Harvest Festivals family members

  • What makes autumn festivals happy events?

  • Because people are grateful because their food is gathered for the winter and agricultural work is over.

Spring Festivals family members

  • What do people usually do at the Spring Festival in China?

  • They eat …, give children …, light fireworks visit …, join in…


Cherry flowers are said to be the flower of the country.

Spring Festivals family members

  • What are the reasons for people to have festivals and celebrations?

  • Festivals make people enjoy their life, be proud of their customs and forget their work for a little while.

The Day of the Dead family members

The Dragon Boat Festival



What do they have in common?

The Spring Festival


The Columbus Day

Cherry Blossom Festival

Mohandas Gandhi Day

Mid-Autumn Day

What do they have in common? family members

  • There will be a lot of entertainment.

  • People will enjoy being together with their family.

  • The festivals always remind people of some important persons or events.

Why are these things important to people all over the world?

  • These things make people’s life more meaningful and colorful.

Detailed reading family members

  • People would starve if food was difficult to find…

  • 1. If 引导的条件句。主将,从现。

  • She promised that she would come if the weather ____ fine.

  • She ____ come if the weather is fine.

  • 2. to find为不定式修饰形容词difficult.

    主语 系动词 表语 to do

  • 用作表语的特定形容词 easy, hard, difficult, interesting, nice, kind, important, dangerous, light, heavy…

Why not

to be found?

make family members

  • e.g. True friends are not easy to ________.

  • This person is _____ to ___________.

  • This problem is _____ to __________.

  • Do you think the house nice to _________?


get along with



work out

live in

Para. 2 family members

  • Some festivals are held to honor the dead or to satisfy

  • the ancestors, who might return either to help or do harm.

  • e.g. Mary Smith, who ______________________, finally lost the job.

  • Either…or… 就近原则

  • Either you or I _____ wrong.

quarreled with the boss


Para. 2 family members

On that day


  • It is now a children’s festival, when they can dress up and go to their neighbor's homes to ask for sweets.

  • We shall never forget Aug. 31, 2012, when ____________________________________.

  • We have been in the situation when ________

  • ____________________________________.

we became a high school student

no one can save us except ourselves.

Para. 3 family members

  • India has a national festival on Oct. 2 to honor Mohandas Gandhi, the leader who helped gain

  • India’s independence from Britain.

  • I am going to Australia, the country which/ that

  • _____________________________________.

  • I am going to Australia, the country where

  • _____________________________________.


is famous for its beautiful landscape.

there are many cows and sheep.

Para. 5 family members

  • The most energetic and important festivals are the ones that look forward to the end of winter and to the coming of spring.

  • The ones 在句中为表语,指代前面的festivals,表示特指。That 引导定语从句,修饰the ones, that 在从句中作主语,不能省略。

  • Those books are the ones that/ which _____________________________________.

  • Those persons are the ones that/ which

  • _____________________________________.

belong to Bob/ you are looking for.

the ones 做宾语,关系代词可以省略!

you can well trust.

代 词 辨 析 family members

















  • 1. Our car is always breaking down. But we are getting a new _____.

  • 2. The books on the desk are better than _____ under the desk.

  • 3. I have a cell phone. I like ____ very much.

  • 4. Helping others is a habit, ____ you can learn even at an early age.

  • 5. The population of Hangzhou is larger than ______ of Suzhou.

  • 6. The quality of these books are far better than_____of those books.







Para. 6 _____.

  • The country, covered with cherry tree flowers,

  • looks as through it is covered with pink snow.

  • 主语 分词短语 谓语其他部分

  • The woman, standing by the window, looks like one of my friends.

  • 1. The man, followed by some police, ____________.

  • 2. The child, ___________________________, has just recovered from a serious disease.


过去分词短语 covered…作定语修饰country


was a thief

sleeping comfortably in the bed