The New Year has been celebrated for thousands of years. Every culture has its own New Year festival. Here are some New Year festivals from the past.

Choose the correct word A or B to fill each numbered gap.

Ancient Festivals

Ancient Egyptian New Year

The ancient Egyptian New Year was 1)_____ in September. There was a big procession along the River Nile. The procession was 2)_____ by the Pharaoh. Trumpets, drums and tambourines were 3)_____.

Roman New Year

During Roman times a new calendar was 4)_____ and the New Year was 5)_____ from March to January. At New Year gifts were 6)_____ to friends and even to the Emperor. Funny costumes were 7)_____ at parties.

Celtic New Year

The Celtic New Year was in October and was called Samhain, which means 'summer's end'. Bonfires were 8)_____ and people danced around them.