Holidays Around the World: New Year’s Eve and Day

The New Year’s Eve celebration is held annually every year on December 31, about a week after the Christmas holiday, and many people celebrate this day by having appetizers, which are also known as hors d’ oeuvres (“or-durves”), which is a French word.  These foods can include small “pigs in a blanket” hotdogs served with mustard, mussels, calamari, shrimp appetizers with dipping sauce, and other appetizers that are introduced before the main course is served. Although New Year’s Eve is usually considered to be an adult holiday because champagne is served in glasses, and people stay up late, children can also celebrate the New Year’s Eve holiday by getting dressed up, making paper hats and party favors, and watching the New Year’s Eve celebration on tv to help mark New Year’s Day, which occurs on January 1st every year.  Also, children can play fun party games, so although this holiday is mainly celebrated by adults wishing each other 

“Happy New Year!,” children and adolescents can celebrate too, just no bubbly! 

New Year’s Day celebrations begin by counting down to the New Year, and the time is usually displayed on a clock on the tv screen if you are watching it from the comfort of your own home. For people who enjoy being close together in large crowds of hundreds, or even thousands of people, there’s also places that can accommodate those types of larger gatherings, such as long city sidewalks that are roped off, so no cars can drive on the streets, and large restaurants and banquet halls can host parties for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations, which are held to celebrate the upcoming new year with family, friends, and loved ones.    

   The Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is celebrated by millions of people living in China, with an annual celebration that lasts from the beginning of January, in the New Year, until February.  It is marked by a large-scale celebration of people in costumes, such as the lucky dragon which symbolizes strength and vitality, as well as dancing, music, and good cheer, as the Chinese people wish one another “good health, peace, and prosperity” to help celebrate the New Year. Young children often receive red envelopes with money inside of them and an orange, to help promote their growth and prosperity into the new year.  The Chinese New Year celebration also assigns each New Year with an animal, such as an Ox, a Bear, Pig, Snake, Dog, Horse, Sheep, or other animal, and a person born during a certain year, such as 1982, the Year of the Dog, would be born with the characteristics of that animal, such as friendship and loyalty.  Watch out for the snake! 

The Chinese New Year is marked by a variety of different types of foods that are

symbolic because each meal that is consumed has a special meaning.  The long noodles that are eaten means long life, and the round dumplings are served to signify the whole family unit. This holiday is also known as the “Spring Festival.”