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THE YEAR AHEAD
Who knows what 2022 has in store for us, but there are definitely lots of exciting events in the pipeline. Here’s a round-up of some of the biggest to look out for. You can see more in this week’s First News.
February 4 to 20
The Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China, will showcase a range of snow and ice sports, including alpine skiing, bobsleigh, figure skating and ice hockey.
The games will be followed by the Winter Paralympics from March 4 to 13. The events have been hit by controversy though, with many countries choosing not to send ministers or officials to the Games, over concerns about China’s human rights record.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Fantastic Beasts 3 is coming! Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, with Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore and Mads Mikkelsen taking over the role of Gellert Grindelwald.
The plot is being kept top secret, but it’s believed Newt is tasked with leading a team of wizards and witches on a dangerous mission against the powerful dark wizard Grindelwald. Hurry up, April!
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
June 2 to 5
The Queen is set to become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee – that’s 70 years on the throne! Events will be taking place throughout the year, with a special weekend planned for June 2 to 5.
The historic milestone will be celebrated with an extended bank holiday weekend, which hopes to bring communities together through parties and activities.
This is the longest day of the year for people living in the northern hemisphere. Revellers often head to Stonehenge in Wiltshire to celebrate and watch the sun rise. The famous Stonehenge landmark was built around the movements of the sun, so it’s become a very important place to gather.
June 22 to 26
The famous music festival hopes to make a triumphant return this year, after being cancelled last year because of the pandemic.
Thousands of people will descend on Worthy Farm in Somerset for five days of music, food and camping. Pop superstar Diana Ross has already been confirmed to play, with many more big acts expected to be revealed in the next few months.
FIFA World Cup
November 21 to December 18
The FIFA World Cup will see 32 nations compete against each other for football’s most famous prize. This year’s tournament takes place in eight stadiums across Qatar in the cooler months towards the end of the year.
England will surely be hoping to recreate the success they enjoyed at Euro 2020, when the team made it through to the final. Will you be cheering them on?
DID YOU KNOW?
Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday 1 February 2022, which will be the start of the Year of the Tiger.
Last week’s answers:
What’s in the box?:
1. Scarf, 2, Ice skate, 3. Snowman, 4. Hot chocolate, 5. Holly