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新年對於中國人來說深具意義,而每個國家對於新年都有不同慶祝的方法,

就日本人而言,新年也是非常特別的日子,

雖然不同於中國的慶祝方式,但對比其他節日而言,同樣是日本最盛大的節日。

 

 

We don’t do much for Christmas, and in fact, we don’t even get off of work for it.

我們不會為聖誕節大費周章 連假都沒放

But we’ll have between 1 to 2 weeks of vacation during the New Year.

新年期間卻有1~2周的假期

 

This time of year, traditionally, we decorate with mochi, a sticky rice cake.

新年的傳統是使用麻糬-糯米製的糕餅 作為裝飾

Decorate:裝飾

Mochi:麻糬

Sticky: 黏

 

This holiday is important for families,

新年對日本家庭來說十分重要

and most people will spend it with their parents.

大家都會回家與父母團聚

 

Osechi is made of many small portions of various foods that are each considered good luck.

御節料理裡有各種食物 每種分量都不多 但都具有幸運的含意

On New Year’s Day, shrines and temples will be very busy.

神壇和寺廟新年當天會非常忙碌

Portion:部分

Shrine:神社

Temple: 寺廟

在新年習俗中,去神社或寺廟也是日本人重視的一部分。

 

This year, our shrine was so busy that the line to pray curved around half the shrine’s perimeter. 神殿今年特別熱鬧 等待祈禱的人大排長龍 隊伍繞了整整半圈神殿呢

 Perimeter:周長

 

Many people also travel and visit their relatives with their families.

很多日本民眾也會和家人一同去拜訪親戚

This year, Rachel and I went with my family to visit my aunt and uncle

今年瑞秋和我還有家人們 就去探望了阿姨和叔叔

Another part of New Year is cards that you buy at the post office called nengajou.

日本新年還有郵局購買「年賀状」的習俗

 

the Japanese postal system works incredibly hard and attempts to deliver every single one on January 1st.

日本的郵政系統會在1月1日將所有賀卡寄出 使命必達程度會讓你嚇一跳!

postal:郵政

attempt:企圖

 

而日本小孩在新年時會收到「お年玉」 ,類似紅包的概念。

It may not sound as fun as Christmas since we don’t get presents,

日本新年可能沒像耶誕節那麼好玩 因為不會收到成堆禮物

but kids actually get something called otoshidama, 不過小孩們會收到「お年玉」

 

but now that I am an adult, I don’t get it anymore.

可是我現在是大人了 所以不會收到「お年玉」

If my sister has kids one day, I’ll have to give them otoshidama

我姊姊如果有了小孩 我就要包壓歲錢

 

So I hope she never gets married.  希望她不要結婚(笑)


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