Happy New Year Festivities around the world

As the last month of the year kicks in, people get into the festive mood. Celebrations and festivities becomes the flavor of the season. so as you roll into this year we will tell you about some new year celebrations and some traditions that people follow on the eve. You might be celebrating this year like another of your previous years, we just want to update you all that is happening around the world so that you just not only have limited knowledge when it comes to the grand celebrations.

Happy New Year Festivities around the world: Roundup

  1. See the New Year First Day

We all are mostly up to see the clock striking 12 and wishing all are family and friends a very  happy new year. So as the clock declares the new year people all over the world witness fireworks, church-bells, horns.

New York City’s Times Square glows with crowds of happy, high spirited and  noisy people. the people express their joy and happiness all together.

Happy New Year Festivities around the world

2. Chinese New Year

In China, children dress in new clothes to celebrate the beginning of another year. People carry lanterns and join in a huge parade which is led by a silk dragon (which I am sure most of us have seen in Movies), the  Chinese dragon is the symbol of strength. Another interesting story says that the dragon hibernates most of the year, so people throw firecrackers to awaken the dragon.

3. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur

In September or October, Jews believe that God opens the Book of Life for 10 days, starting with Rosh Hashanah (which happens to be the Jewish New Year) and ending with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).These days are considered to be the holiest in the Jews, and they try to atone for any wrongdoing and to forgive others. A ram’s horn trumpet, known as the shofar, is blown before and during Rosh Hashanah and at the conclusion of Yom Kippur.

Happy New Year Festivities around the world

4.Songkran

In Thailand, a special three–day water festival on April 13–15 marks Songkran, which is said to be the Buddhists’ celebration of the new year. Parades decorated with huge statues of Buddha that spray water on passersby. This is done in small villages where young people throw water at each other for fun.(Sounds like Holi is for Indians) People also release fish into rivers as an act of kindness.

5.Two New Years

Indonesia has two New Year celebrations — the official one on is like the regular one on January 1 and another one is  the Islamic New Year, whose date varies from year to year. as per the traditional calendar.

Happy New Year Festivities around the world

6. A few other interesting celebrations

  • Vietnam does it a little different their the new year usually begins in February.

  • Iran celebrates its New Year’s in March that is on March 21. Isn’t that pretty late where we all almost finish a trimester of a new year.

  • The religious groups in India has its own date the beginning of the year. One is the Hindu New Year, which is known as Baisakhi, comes sometime in April or May.

  • The people in Morocco marks the beginning of the year on the tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic year.

  • The Koreans celebrate their New Year the first three days in January. That’s quite a celebration indeed.

So now you know what people generally do around the world when you are busy greeting  people a happy new year.