Listen to the following holidays which are observed in different areas around the world.


Valentine's Day


Feast of Dolls

Feast of Banners

日期以这种形式写出:February 14



The word "holiday" comes from the words "holy" and "day". Originally holidays were holy or religious days. Nowadays holidays include national, seasonal and historical days of celebration. Here are some traditional holidays in some countries. February 14 is Valentine's Day. It is observed in some European and North American countries. People send cards or gifts expressing love and affection sometimes anonymously to their sweethearts or friends. Feast of Dolls in Japan falls on March 2. It is observed there in honor of girls. Feast of Banners in Japan is on May 5. It is observed in honor of boys. May 5 is Dragon Boat Festival in China and is held according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. People eat rice cakes and hold dragon boat races to commemorate the ancient scholar statesman Qu Yuan.
节假日”一词来自于“神圣的”和“日子”。最初的节假日指的是神圣的或者是宗教性的日子,现在节假日则包含国家性的,季节性的以及具有历史意义的庆祝活动。下面是一些国家的传统节假日。 2月14日是情人节,欧洲和北美的一些国家会庆祝情人节。在节日期间人们会向朋友或爱人赠送礼物或卡片表达爱意,有时候是匿名的。 5月5日是日本的旗节(历史上也叫男孩节),是男孩们的节日。 中国农历5月5是端午节。人们在这天会吃粽子,赛龙舟,以此来纪念楚国爱国诗人屈原。