Now, a VOA Special
English holiday program.
first. The beginning of a new year. As far back in history as we can tell, people
have celebrated the start of a new year. Today, most people celebrate New Year's
Day on January first. People observe the
New Year's holiday in many different ways. The idea of admitting mistakes and
finishing the business of the old year is found in many cultures. So is the idea of making New Year's
resolutions. A resolution is a promise
to change or do something different in the coming year.
Making New Year's resolutions is a common tradition. We
talked to some people in Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida about their
resolutions, hopes and wishes for two thousand nine.
ASHLEY: "I'm Ashley Preston.
I'm from Canfield, Ohio and I'm twenty-four years old. This year I hope
to graduate with my Master's and be healthy and happy."
Ashley's friend, Charlotte Cicero from Rochester, New
York, is also to graduate this year. Her
resolution went a step farther.
CHARLOTTE: "I hope to graduate and find a job teaching somewhere."
Other people mix wishes small and large. Like Ryan Krysiak, a student at the College
of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Viriginia.
RYAN: "For the New Year, I want the Eagles to go to the
Superbowl and world peace."
Some resolutions are about helping others.
ELNIE: "I'm Elnie Goodman and I live in Washington, D.C. But I
was born in Haiti. In the summer of two thousand
nine I would like to lead a humanitarian trip to Haiti."
Florida, one man hopes a resolution from last year will go better in two
GLEN: "My name's Glenn Mitchell. I live in Miami. And personally I have a
resolution to do more artwork. And I had the same resolution last year and I
wasn't able to."
next woman wishes a little brain power for everybody.
PEGGY: "Hi, I'm Peggy.
I'm from Grafton, Wisconsin. I'm forty-eight years old. In the New Year, I hope things start to get
right again. Everybody's happy, healthy
and a little bit smarter, so that things go well."
Many people agreed with Miz Rice. Ian McMann of Miami said the election process
in the United States in two thousand eight brought a return to hope. Ellen Wade is a forty-two year old
businesswoman and student in Waynesboro, Virginia. She expressed similar feelings about the
political change. She said she hoped
that the new president could help lead the way to better relations among the
nations of the world.
many people we spoke to kept their resolutions very simple, like this boy.
NOAH: "My name is Noah Goodwin. I live in Arlington, Virginia. I'm twelve
years old and I resolve to get a girlfriend this year."
Our resolution is to wish all of our listeners a happy,
healthy and productive New Year! I'm
Mario Ritter for VOA Special English.