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- reveler /REV-uhl-er/
- splendid /SPLEN-did/
- festivity /fe-STIV-i-tee /
- eligible /EL-i-juh-buhl/
- release /ri-LEES/
[noun] – someone who dances, drinks, sings, etc. at a party or in public, especially in a noisy way
Hundreds of revelers gathered at Trafalgar Square.
[adjective] – excellent, or beautiful and impressive
It was the first time for Anna to attend such a splendid party.
[noun] – the parties, meals, and other social activities with which people celebrate a special occasion
Sharon will host the festivity at the grand ballroom.
[adjective] – having the necessary qualities or satisfying the necessary conditions
I am not yet eligible to vote in the upcoming elections.
[verb] – to allow something to be shown in public or to be available for use
The police officer released information about the crime last Tuesday.
2020 marked the first year since 1904 that crowds were prohibited from flocking to Times Square. Only a few health workers were allowed into the square to witness the ball drop celebration and they were placed in socially distanced pods. The US has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases globally, with 2.1 million recorded since the pandemic began. More than 765,000 people there have died, based on data from Johns Hopkins University. More details about the 2022 Time Square Ball Drop event will be released in the coming days according to NYC officials.
- Have you been to New York City? If not, would you like to visit it in the future?
- Have you done any preparations for New Year’s Eve? Why or why not?
- If you were the mayor of your city, how can you make New Year’s Eve special for the people during the COVID-19 pandemic? Give an idea.
- Do you think it was right for New York to welcome back crowds for the New Year’s Eve event?
- In your opinion, what is the best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve?