Two holidays fall on Wednesday, February 9th, this year.
One is the Lunar (moon) New Year. Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and some other Asian people celebrate this holiday. This year is the year of the rooster. People celebrate with food, gifts, and parties.
For Christians, today is also Ash Wednesday. It is the beginning of Lent, a season of 40 days before Easter. During Lent, Christians are asked to give things up, pray, and give to the poor. They try to make up for the wrong they have done in their lives.
This year, Asian Christians have a problem. Lunar New Year is a happy day. But Ash Wednesday is a serious day. They can't have both on one day.
In Vancouver, Canada, there are many Asian immigrants. The Archbishop (the head of the Catholic Church in the area) says anyone who celebrates Lunar New Year may do that today. They don't have to celebrate Ash Wednesday instead. But they must take a day later in the week to pray and give up meat. In some other places where Asian Christians live, church leaders have said the same thing.
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Livingto100.com can help you figure out how long your life may be. There are questions about your health, your habits, and your family. After you fill in the answers, the computer predicts how long you may live.
The questions are written for native speakers of English. Here are some words you may need to learn before you answer them:
marital status: married or not
spontaneously: without planning
evaluate: sum up
motivated: ready to do things
techniques: ways to do something
industrial area: factory or business district
urban area: city
suburbs: neighbourhoods outside a city
passenger: someone who's riding, not driving
exposed to secondhand smoke: someone smokes near you
consume: eat or drink
carbohydrate: starch in food
conducive to: leading to
multivitamin: pill with more than one kind of vitamin
self-examination: checking yourself
immunization: shot (for diseases like measles)
immediate family: parents, brothers, sisters, children
longevity: how long life is
fertility technology: ways to help couples have children
There may be other words you don't know. Read on and see if the words around them help you understand.
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