Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a Composition entitled
The Prevalence of Western Holidays. You should write at least 120 words following the
outline given below in Chinese:
The Prevalence of Western Holidays
Many young people in China today prefer Western holidays to traditional Chinese
festivals. Christmas is now celebrated by the younger generation all over China, and it
has become especially popular as a romantic holiday for boyfriends and girlfriends or
young married couples. Valentine’s Day is also extremely popular, and even Halloween
is being celebrated now.
This phenomenon has actually developed quite naturally in recent decades due to
our educational system’s focus on English study and therefore on English-speaking
cultures. To many students, Western culture has become a symbol of self-expression
and freedom from restraint. Celebrating Western holidays has become a way for students
to express their love of something different from traditional Chinese culture, and to have
fun together with their own generation.
In my opinion, it’s fine for students learning English and studying English-speaking
cultures to celebrate Western holidays with their teachers and classmates. However, the
way I see it, unless the young people later go abroad to live in those cultures, there is no
reason for them to continue to celebrate them. We Chinese should hold on to our
traditional festivals, the festivals which we have celebrated for centuries.