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每日英语听力:万圣节 -- 孩子们最喜欢的节日之一

Article #87 Halloween (2)

第87篇 万圣节(2)

The holiday called Halloween is celebrated on October 31st of each year. Halloween is not an official holiday. Everyone goes to work or to school on Halloween, just as on any other day. But Halloween is still one of the holidays that children like the most.

万圣节在每年的10月31日庆祝。万圣节不是官方节日。万圣节那天,每个人都去上班或上学,就像其他日子一样。但是万圣节仍然是孩子们最喜欢的节日之一。

Why do children like Halloween so much? There are two reasons: costumes and candy.

为什么孩子们这么喜欢万圣节?有两个原因:服装和糖果。

On the evening of October 31st, children dress up in strange and unusual costumes.

在10月31日的晚上,孩子们穿着奇异的服装。

They wear costumes that may look like a witch, a monster, or many other weird things.

他们打扮成女巫、怪物或许多其他奇怪的东西。

Putting on these scary costumes is a lot of fun for children.

穿上这些吓人的服装对孩子们来说很有趣。

After the children put on their costumes, they walk from house to house during the evening. The children carry large bags with them. At each house, they stop and knock at the door. When an adult opens the door, the children shout "trick or treat." The adult who opens the door pretends to be frightened, and then puts pieces of candy into each child's open bag.

孩子们穿上戏服后,晚上就挨家挨户地走。孩子们带着大袋子,每到一户人家,他们都会停下来敲门。当一个成年人打开门时,孩子们大喊“不给糖就捣蛋”。打开门的大人假装很害怕,然后把糖果放进每个孩子打开的袋子里。

At the end of the evening, the children have visited many houses and have collected much candy. During the next several days, they can feast upon the sweet candies that they have received.

晚上,孩子们拜访了许多房子,收集了许多糖果。在接下来的几天里,他们可以尽情享受他们收到的糖果。

Another Halloween tradition is very unusual. In each house, a family gets a very large, round orange vegetable called a pumpkin. They cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin, and empty out the flesh and seeds of the vegetable. Then, they cut holes in the side of the pumpkin, so that it appears to have eyes, a nose, and a mouth. When the carving is finished, the pumpkin looks almost like a person's face! When the pumpkin has been carved to look like a face, people place a light inside the pumpkin, so that the vegetable seems to glow in the dark. This strange-looking face is called a "jack-o-lantern." On Halloween evening, one can see many of these jack-olanterns, some of which are very beautifully carved.

另一个万圣节传统非常不同寻常。每户人家都有一种非常大的圆圆的橙色蔬菜,叫做南瓜。他们在南瓜的顶部挖了一个洞,把果肉和种子都掏空。然后,他们在南瓜的侧面挖洞,使它看起来有眼睛、鼻子和嘴巴。雕刻完成后,南瓜看起来和人脸无异!人们再在人型南瓜里放上一盏灯,这样南瓜在黑暗中看起来就会发光。这张奇怪的脸叫做“南瓜灯”。在万圣节的晚上,这种南瓜灯随处可将,其中一些雕刻得非常漂亮。

Halloween is truly a fun and interesting holiday, especially for children!

万圣节真的是一个有趣的节日,尤其是对孩子们来说!

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