IELTS Speaking Part 1 New Year: Below are the sample answers talking about New Year in the recent IELTS Speaking Part 1. Study how the speaker developed his answers by targeting the criteria in the IELTS Speaking exam. Talking about New Year in your actual exam is not difficult at all, just make sure to have good ideas and enough vocabulary to get your target band score or even get a band 9.0!







How do you celebrate New Year?


(Answer 1)

Well, like most people celebrate – spending time with family, preparing some sumptuous foods, watching fireworks display when the clock strikes at 12. I really love that holiday because it’s the only time that every family member of ours gathers as one. Honestly, I always look forward to that holiday.


(Answer 2)

Well, in our culture, we celebrate New Year by putting up some decorations in our house such as lanterns, having a reunion dinner with our family on New Year’s Eve, giving red envelopes to children, of course with money, and lighting firecrackers to scare away the evil spirits.



Sumptuous [adj.] – splendid and expensive looking

Strike at [phrase] – to hit at


Do you still remember a New Year that you celebrated?


(Answer 1)

Well, since New Year is one of the most special holidays in our country, my memories of every New Year celebration are still vivid. I do still remember every single activity that we actually did in the last ten years of celebrating that holiday. This year is really memorable because our way of celebrating it was not as grand as in the past because of the many restrictions caused by the pandemic. 


(Answer 2)

I have lots of memories of celebrating the New Year but the one that’s really unforgettable was when I was away from my family. I celebrated my New Year by myself as I couldn’t return home due to work.  I worked in a logistics company then and I couldn’t get holidays because of too much workload. I must say that was the saddest New Year I’ve ever had. 


(Answer 3)

Yes, I do, but there’s nothing extraordinary about the things that we did in the past ten years of celebrating the New Year. It’s just a family reunion, watching fireworks display, making New Year’s resolutions that wouldn’t normally come to reality. However, I just like the New Year because I can start all over again, I mean I can change my perspective on life and be more hopeful in achieving my short-term and long-term goals. 




Vivid [adj.] – clear 

Grand [adj.] – splendid

Away from [phrase] – at a distance

Extraordinary [adj.] – remarkable


Do you have any ceremonies to celebrate the New Year in your country?


(Answer 1)

If I’m not mistaken, I think we have none. Normally, New Year is for the family – I mean, it’s a great time for reuniting family members who have not seen one another for long. Well, anyway, there’s usually a New Year’s Eve countdown in our city but I don’t really consider it as a ceremony as it’s not spearheaded by the government but by the private organizations. 

(Answer 2)

Yes, however, it’s not celebrated in the entire country, only in the state where I’m currently living, we do have a street dance every New Year, honoring our God. This dance is a form of expressing our love and gratitude and at the same time welcoming the brand new year full of hope and joviality. I really love this ceremony because everyone is just happy and there are lots of activities that people can enjoy. 




For long [idiom] – for many years or days; for a long time

Spearhead [verb] – to lead an organized activity or project

Joviality [noun] – being cheerful and festive


Why do people think New Year is a new beginning?


(Answer 1)

Isn’t it? Well, the fact that it’s the very first day of the year, it’s indeed a new beginning. People think that it’s the very time to start with a clean slate – being motivated to achieve newly-created goals, moving on from the mistakes that were committed in the previous year, and starting to develop a new hobby, among others. All these things are truly a new beginning. 


(Answer 2)

I think we all believe that it’s a new beginning simply because it’s the first day of the year. We’re given another year to be hopeful and to work on our dreams making them a reality. No wonder, we all make New Year’s resolutions as a guide so we can start our year full of aspirations. 




Start with a clean slate [idiom] – to start again with a new beginning

No wonder [phrase] – it’s not surprising

Aspiration [noun] – a strong desire to achieve something higher






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And that’s all about IELTS Speaking Part 1 New Year, recent topic! Now that you have some great ideas on how to talk about the new year make sure to practice, and develop your confidence so you can speak with spontaneity. You can surely do it!


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