New Year: Olympics, Disney and Moon robots

First glimpse: Sydney will be one of the first cities in the world to see in the new year. © Getty

Will 2021 be a good year? Some are looking forward to enjoying many of the events that have been cancelled over the past 12 months. But others say trying to predict the future is pointless.

What’s happening

December is nearly over, which means a new year is just around the corner. New Year celebrations will be slightly different this time around, as people in many countries still follow social distancing.

But what will happen in the New Year? Here are five things to look forward to in 2021.

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The Olympics return. The Tokyo games were called off because of Covid-19. They will now be taking place in the summer of 2021.

The Magic Kingdom turns 50. To celebrate its birthday, Disney World has three new rides, including a Ratatouille Adventure.

NASA moon rover. When the robot lands to look for water, it will be the first time a man-made object has landed on the Moon in 50 years.

Royal birthdays. Prince Philip will turn 100 and the Queen will be 95. She has ruled for a record-breaking 68 years and visited more countries than any other monarch.

Wimbledon. The world-famous Tennis event was cancelled this year when lockdowns began. Next year, players – and hopefully spectators – will return.

So, will it be a good year?

Some say…

Of course! There is a lot to look forward to next year. Besides the Olympics and Wimbledon, sporting events to look forward to are the Euro Cup and the T20 cricket world cup. Plus, we can look forward to life going back to normal very soon as more people around the world get the vaccine. This could be the best year ever!

Others think…

It is better to be realistic. Of course it is good to look forward to these events, but we must remember the challenges of the year ahead, too. Brexit will change life for many. And until enough people are vaccinated, we still have to be careful to keep ourselves and others safe. That might mean life takes a little longer to return to normal.

You Decide

  1. What are you most looking forward to next year?

Activities

  1. Write a letter to your future self, describing how you feel about 2020, and your hopes for the New Year. Keep it somewhere safe and read it again in 12 months.

Some People Say...

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson, English poet

What do you think?

Word Watch

Tokyo
The capital city of Japan. Tokyo has the biggest population of any city in the world.
Disney World
The holiday resort and theme park in Orlando, Florida.
Monarch
Somebody who rules a country and is the head of state – like a King, Queen or Emperor. A country with a monarch is called a monarchy.
Spectators
A spectator is a person who watches an event, usually a sporting event or a concert. Organisers at Wimbledon are not sure yet if large crowds will be able to visit.
Euro Cup
Known as the Euros, the UEFA Championship is a football competition between European international teams. It was postponed this year because of Covid-19, but will be taking place in 2021.
T20
Stands for Twenty20, a one-day cricket game hugely popular with fans. The world cup will take place in India after this year’s games in Australia were cancelled.
Brexit
The word that describes the UK leaving the European Union. The changes will begin on 1 January and could mean life will look different for people in the UK and around the world.

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