New Year’s is the day on which the new calendar year begins. This day is celebrated across the world and shows the cultural traditions of the countries that celebrate it. The celebration of New Year’s is held in the USA, United Kingdom, China, Japan, France, Denmark, Spain, Sri Lanka, Germany, and India. Most of these countries celebrate the New Year at a different time and a different way. People who believe in Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, Bahai, and Jewish religions also celebrate the New Year.
The United States of America celebrates the New Year on January 1. At midnight, the most celebrated event in the U.S happens. This is called the “ball drop,” and it involves a large ball or other item specific to the community dropping from a central location in the city. The most celebrated ball dropping ceremony is the one in Times Square, New York City. People across the country tune in to watch the countdown to the New Year and thousands of people flock to Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop in person.
The United Kingdom celebrates the New Year on January 1st. Huge crowds gather around the Thames to watch fireworks from the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel.
China celebrates the New Year according to the Lunar Calendar. Their New Year is known as “Yuan tan” and it could occur any day between mid January and mid February. Their celebrations can last from 10 to 15 days.
Japan celebrates the New Year on January 1st. Japanese people celebrate the new year by praying at temples. The temple bells ring exactly 108 times to scare away the evil and start the new year off on the right foot.
France celebrates the New Year on January 1st and is known as “Jour Des tennes, and le Jour del’an.” The French people gather with their families and party into the New Year.
Denmark celebrates the New Year at midnight the day before. The citizens of Denmark gather plates and throw them at their front door. It is believed that for every plate broken, you will gain a new friend in the new year.
In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, it is tradition to eat twelve grapes. The grapes are supposed to bring good luck.
In Sri Lanka, the New Year is known as Aluth Avurudhu. The rituals of this New Year’s celebration begins in mid-April and starts with house cleaning, lighting of the hearth, and herbal bathing.
The German celebrations for New Year includes dropping molten lead into cold water to see what shape it takes and predicting the future. Each different shape symbolizes aspects of life, prosperity, and love.
The Indian New Year is held in eight different parts of India and is themed a different way in each part.
The celebration of the New Year ties countries around the world together. It shows that all people, regardless of race, gender, or religion, just want a fresh start and a year full of peace, prosperity, and love.