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Fireworks Ban Promises Silent New Year(九年级阅读)  

2016-02-03 19:30:38|  分类: 九年级阅读 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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       The evil monster Nian will have little to fear this New Year’s Eve. The fire and noise that usually keep him in his cave will be missing thanks to a fireworks ban by the Shanghai government within the city’s Outer Ring Road(外环).
  The city has banned fireworks because, it says, they cause too much pollution. And, it’s true. The lingering(漂浮不散的)smoke from the colorful explosions can increase smog levels by as much as four times. Under the new rules, people caught lighting fireworks can face fines up to 500 yuan and anyone caught illegally storing or selling fireworks within the Outer Ring Road will face fines up to100,000 yuan. It remains to be seen, however, how strictly the ban will be enforced and if, indeed, Shanghai residents will have to obey a law which, in effect, does away with such an ancient tradition.
  There is already a feeling that China is losing too many of its traditions. The influences of Western culture and social changes within China have caused many young people to turn their backs on the past. It has become much cooler to celebrate Christmas, Easter and Halloween than the Winter Solstice(冬至),Double Ninth or Qingming. Even the Spring Festival has seen changes in the way it’s celebrated.
  Many people now see the seven-day holiday as an opportunity for a vacation abroad. And not many young people kowtow(磕头)to their elders when receiving their red envelopes. Increasingly, red envelopes are exchanged digitally on WeChat. And does anyone write their own duilian anymore? It’s much easier to buy them at the store.
  The Spring Festival is, and should remain, the most important event on the Chinese calendar. Sitting down to a big New Year’s Eve dinner with several generations present strengthens the family and, knowing that other families throughout Chi-na are doing the same thing, unites the country. It also reminds everyone that they are taking part in an unbroken tradition that stretches back four thousand years.
  This year, it may be a quieter festival because of the fireworks ban, but don’t let that lessen your enjoyment. Take a few sparklers(烟花棒)outside and laugh, shout and sing. That should be enough to send Nian safely back to his cave.
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