In many countries around the world, the New Year's holiday is a time for getting together with friends and family to remember the past year and to wish for a successful new year. Each country celebrates with its own interesting customs and traditions such as parties, fireworks, bonfires, parades, and special holiday foods and drinks.

In Japan, the New Year’s celebrations continue for three days, from January 1 to January 3. Because the Japanese believe that the new year must be completely separate from the old year and should be the start of a new beginning, the house is completely cleaned, inside and outside, all business is finished, and all bills are paid before New Year’s Day. The Japanese eat special long noodles on New Year’s Eve. The long noodles are for a long and healthy life and lots of luck for the future. On New Year’s Day, many Japanese eat a special soup calledozoni, made with rice cakes. It’s a Japanese custom to relax on New Year’s Day, and ozoni is perfect for the occasion. The rice cakes for the ozoni are made before New Year’s Day. They stay fresh, so nobody has to work to make the soup on New Year’s Day.

Italians celebrate holidays with food and rituals. So it’s no surprise that during New Year’s, people in Italy enjoy eating many special sweet cakes and foods, and they watch beautiful fireworks light up the sky. The Italians take the idea of cleaning the house further than the Japanese do. Italians throw old things out of their windows to help them forget everything that was bad about the past year and to wish for good luck and success in the new year.

In the U.S.A., Americans usually begin celebrating the new year on New Year’s Eve. They have parties and stay awake until midnight so that they can welcome the new year by toasting with champagne, shaking hands, and hugging or kissing each other. At exactly twelve o’clock, everyone shouts, “Happy New Year!” and people make a lot of noise with bells, whistles, and noisemakers. On New Year’s Day, Americans make promises to do good things or change something in their lives for the new year. Many people watch football games or parades. Others invite friends and families to their homes to visit, eat, and drink. It has been a tradition since the 1800s to serve holiday guests a drink called eggnog, made with eggs and milk and sometimes a little alcohol to warm their spirits on this special day.

According to the article, which statement is NOT true?
(A) People in Japan eat a soup made with long noodles for good luck on New Year's Day.
(B) Italians celebrate New Year's by watching beautiful fireworks and eating desserts.
(C) Americans have parties on New Year's Eve and make a lot of noise at midnight.
(D) Americans celebrate New Year's by drinking eggnog.
My answer is D

According to the article, what do Americans promise to do in the new year?
(A) to welcome friends and family into their homes for food and drink
(B) to finish all their business and pay their bills from the past year
(C) to make changes in their lives and do good things in the new year
(D) to throw old things out of the window for good luck and success
My answer is C
Your answer to the second question is correct, but the answer to the first question is not. Here's a hint: pay attention to the difference between what people do on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
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After read the first question more carefully, my answer is A.
Because "The Japanese eat special long noodles on New Year’s Eve."
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Answer of first question is A

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