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An Ancient New Year



An Ancient New Year

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.53

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     challenging words:    janus, lasted, meant, winding, ahead, same, different, thousand, city, country, means, other, head, back, each, ancient
     content words:    Now New, New Year


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     Spanish: El Año Nuevo en tiempos antiguos


An Ancient New Year
By Jody Williams
  

1     New Year's Day is one of the oldest holidays. It may have first been celebrated about four thousand years ago. It was celebrated in Babylon. Babylon was an ancient city. The first New Year's celebrations were in the spring. They lasted eleven days. They celebrated the planting of new crops. Now New Year's Day is celebrated on January 1. Janus was a Roman god. He was pictured with two heads. One head looked ahead. The other head looked back .....
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