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155. New Year Celebrations Around the World
Different countries and cultures celebrate the new year
different ways. Many countries still follow the lunar
, meaning that their new year often starts in
January or in February. New Year celebrations for
countries (like China, Vietnam, and Korea) last not
day, but up to two weeks!
, many people attend or throw New Year parties.
drink champagne, dance, and cheer at the stroke
midnight. Men kiss women who happen to stand
mistletoe. Fireworks, which in olden times scared away
spirits, are very popular throughout the US, as
are throughout much of the world. US residents
make one or more New Year’s resolutions, such
promising to quit smoking, lose weight, or stop
. Most of these resolutions last little longer than
In the southern US, many people eat
-eyed peas for good luck in the new year.
Mexico and Venezuela, many people wear red or
underwear for good luck. In Brazil, residents wear
clothes for good luck, and in China, they
red clothes and give children red envelopes with
in them. In Iran, people wear brand new
on the first day of the new year.
Scotland, homeowners open the front door at midnight
let in the new year, and open the
door to let out the old year. In
, people kiss each other three times at midnight.
Spain, people eat 12 grapes—one per chime—as the
chimes midnight. In Japan, they ring a bell
times to get rid of the 108 bad
that people have. In Korea they ring a
33 times in honor of 33 ancient soldiers.
Colombia, families make a rag doll called “Mr.
Year.” They dress it in old clothes and
it with things that the family doesn’t want
. Then at midnight, they set the doll on
, to rid themselves of all the bad things
the previous year.