1. How do people usually celebrate a wedding?
Usually, a Chinese wedding starts with picking up the bride. The groom goes to the bride5 s home with friends and family in the morning by a wedding convoy133. After some pranks134 and games at the bride5 s home, the convoy drives all of them to the wedding venue. Family members and friends are all invited there as well. Next, the couple ties the knot135 with vows and a kiss in front of their family and friends on the stage. But unlike western weddings, a typical Chinese wedding is more like a feast136 enjoyed by all family members and friends.
2. How do people celebrate a newborn baby?
Well, usually the celebration of the newborn occurs on the 100th day after the baby’s birth137. In Chinese culture, it’s a significant milestone138. The parents invite their family members and friends to celebrate the 100th day together. Of course, the invitees139 prepare gifts for the baby. And instead of saying it’s a party, the celebration of the newborn baby is more like a feast. That’s why Chinese people usually hold it at a good restaurant.
3. How are birthday celebrations different between young and old people?
Birthday parties for kids are usually a lot more about the party itself. It’s about getting an awesome theme, a cake that goes along with the theme, decorations, and inviting as many friends as possible so you get a lot of presents. When you get older, however, the parties aren’t as important anymore. I find that some older generations don’t really care about having a celebration for their birthday. And they rarely buy a cake for it. But Chinese elders consider the 60th and 80th birthday as the important ones and invite a lot of friends and family members to celebrate together.
4. Do people prefer winning in a team or on their own?
I honestly think that depends on the person. If a person is more extroverted, then perhaps working together in a team towards a common goal might seem like more fun. Winning as a team, therefore, would feel more satisfying because it would be a celebration of how many people came together and succeeded in achieving a common goal. Winning solo140, on the other hand, could be fun because it is more individualistic. For people who keep pursuing individual success, they would hope to have more wins on their own rather than sharing that success with others.
5. What are the benefits of national celebrations?
I suppose that national celebrations are beneficial for uniting a nation141. They’re days when people can be proud of their citizenship and celebrate with their country. It allows people to develop a sense of belonging142 to the country. As a result, patriotism143 for a country increases and a nation becomes much closer and stronger.
6. Why do people feel happy when the sports team they support wins?
Because it makes them feel like they win! You know, if you are loyal to a single team, then it becomes like a family to you. It is rooting for144 a place that you believe in, to which you belong. You wear your team’s flags and colours; you cheer them on when they play. It gives you a sense that you are part of the team and the successes of that team belong to you as well.
133 a wedding convoy:婚庆车队
135 ties the knot:结婚，喜结连理
136 a feast:宴席，盛宴
137 the 100th day after the baby’ s birth:这里指中国新生儿会庆祝“百曰
138 significant milestone:重要的里程碑
141 uniting a nation:把一个国家的人团结起来
142 a sense of belonging:归属感
144 rooting for：支持