throughout the world is New Years Day. But it doesn’t always fall on January 1.
Ancient Romans held Kalends (the beginning of their year) on March 25 with some Christmas-like customs like decorating houses and churches with greenery and gift giving. The Scots didn’t make Christmas official until 1958. They kept New Years instead.
Some countries have interesting, colorful customs for New Years:
In Columbia, you might put on yellow underwear.
In Germany, you might go to a party with a live pig.
In Ghana, you may go to a parade with gourd shakers that take a year to prepare.
In Brazil, go to the beach at midnight. Light candles to honor the sea goddess and send them out on tiny boats. If they make it out to sea, your wishes are granted.
In the Phillipines, round things are lucky. Wear polka dots or eat twelve grapes at midnight.
You can read all about these and more in Happy New Year Everywhere:
Chinese New Year, based on the lunar year, falls between the middle of January and the middle of January. On February 11, we will celebrate The Year of the Rabbit. The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat, two really cool books by Grace Lin, start with Pacyand her family,celebrating Chinese New Year. They’re full of this Chinese-American girls’ friendships, tribulations, and dreams:
However and whenever you celebrate, I hope you have a happy night and a terrific year. Let us know how you celebrated in the COMMENTS section, if you wish, especially if you come from another country or are celebrating in one.