Do you celebrate Christmas? How would you celebrate it? Besides Christmas trees, what other Christmas decorations do you know?

Watch this video to know more about the festive decorations and items you can find in the Christmas period.


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Hi there

I am Dawood from Persia. I saw, Mrs. Tahere Wrote some things about Iranian Noruz (Eva). Noruz holiday will start at the beginning of the spring and it takes therteen days. Iranians have some traditional custom which they have to pay attenttion to them, before Noruz they try to buy new clothes and new furniture for their house. Moreover, before holiday people will help poor families because on Noruz everyone have to be happy. Also, we must clean our house because Iranian believe that, when you clean house sickness will omit form your house. Future more, the most important of our custom which is called Seven S table. people will spread seven s table which is contain of Mountain ash, Vinegar, coin, apple, green grace, garlic and an appetizer which is called Samanu. At the moment of changing year, all Iranian families get together and will seat arround the seven s table and they will read Hafez poems and Quran. when come up new year, family members will give to each other some thing as a gift that usually is money . young family members have to visit old family members and respect them. At the end of holidays, we will spend our time at the nature, this day is called Nature day,  thirteen is a bad number and you haven't stay at home on this day.

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how can i see the the vidio??

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Have some chinese in here?  This video is diffcult to understand for me.  I have too many word I don't know. I also exactly didn't kown how to express my mind in english. I hope some people can tell me how to improve my english, not just to say read, listen, write, and speak. The chinese new year have not coming until now, but I also hope everyone in there will happy all the year.  ^_^

hello Dandelion
  frankly , i am facing the same problem to express in english , but i think that speaking with students ( learners ) by Email and discussing Subject ,using mic ,is the best way to pick up english language . Certainly our intention is to improve our English . 
  on the other hand , i notice that there are useful subject in this website ( reading and listening MAGASIN  such as : number of people living with HIV...etc )

Hello,Dendelion455......How are you?
I aslo reside in China.Where do you live?

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hi,Tahereh how are u? i am from Pakistan. i always like to know about my neighbouring country,s culture.once i had the oppertunity to learn Persian and history of Iran.ifound it very soft and sweat language. Iran has more than 5000 years old civilization.history shows that they are brave and strong. i am interested to know about Iranian cuisine(food/cooking)?
would u like to share with us?
congragulations and good luck for Nowruz.have a nice time!

First I would like to tell happy New Year 2011 to all. Then I want to talk about New Year ceremonies in Iran.
Our traditional celebration of New Year is Nowruz, the first day of spring.
Preparations for Nowruz begin in the month Esfand, the last month of winter in the Persian solar calendar with a major spring-cleaning of their houses, the purchase of new clothes to wear and the purchase of flowers.
On the New Year's Day, families dress in their new clothes and start the twelve-day celebrations by visiting the elders of their family, then the rest of their family and finally their friends. On the thirteenth day families leave their homes and picnic outdoors.
Typically, on the first day of Nowruz, family members gather around the table, with the Haft Seen on the table and await the exact moment of the arrival of the spring. Haft Sin or the seven 'S's is a major traditional table setting of Nowruz. Today haft sin table includes seven specific items starting with the letter 'S' in the Persian alphabet
The night before the last Wednesday of the year is celebrated by the Iranian people as Chaharshanbe Suri (meaning red Wednesday), the Iranian festival of fire. This festival is the celebration of the light (the good) winning over the darkness (the bad).The tradition includes people going into the streets and alleys to make bonfires, and jump over them while singing the traditional song “My paleness (pain, sickness) for you (the fire), your strength (health) for me."
The New Year's Day traditional meal is called Sabzi Polo Mahi, which is rice with green herbs served with fish. Reshteh Polo: rice cooked with noodles which is said to symbolically help one succeed in life.
The thirteenth day of the new year festival is Sizdah Bedar (literally meaning "passing the thirteenth day", figuratively meaning "Passing the bad luck of the thirteenth day"). This is a day of festivity in the open, often accompanied by music and dancing, usually at family picnics.