New Years Around The World

New Years Around The World
Posted on 01/19/2022
This is the image for the news article titled New Years Around The WorldRinging in the New Year is important for everyone. Some countries celebrate it on December 1 of the Gregorian calendar, whereas others celebrate it to mark the beginning of a new lunar cycle. No matter what calendar it’s celebrated , it is an important event that marks fresh starts and new beginnings. The New Year often has significance in the success of a harvest or in the banishing of bad luck.

Here in the U.S celebrate it by making resolutions, having parties, setting off fireworks, or dropping big disco balls, such as the well-known ball drop in New York’s Time Square.

In China, Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival are a few of the most important celebrations. The Spring Festival is celebrated for 15 days. New Year’s Eve is celebrated with a feast and jiaozi, or dumplings can be eaten at midnight to symbolize wealth.

On New Year’s day, lion dances are performed and firecrackers are lit to ward off evil spirits. Also, people will trade mandarin oranges to celebrate luck and elder family members will give younger relatives red envelopes containing money.

While previously following China’s lunisolar calendar, Japan celebrates the New Year on January 1 of the Gregorian Calendar. It is common to eat buckwheat noodles (toshikoshi soba) on New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Day, it is customary to make and eat mochi as well as do other activities such as flying kites and sending postcards. Similar to the Chinese customs, adults will often give children envelopes with money.

Regardless of how the New Year is celebrated, it is always a celebration to bring friends and family together and celebrate the fresh start of a new year.
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