New Year Celebrations Around the World


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There are special New Year’s traditions all around the world. In the United States we often celebrate the New Year with friends and family. We have a countdown when it gets close to midnight on December 31st of each year and with noisemakers and (normally) embraces, we wish one another a Happy Healthy New Year.

In some locations around the country there are fireworks and other celebratory festivities. Many families share special meals or customs, intended to bring good luck.

Depending on your geographic location and the religion and customs you follow, you may celebrate the New Year at different times of the year and in very different ways. Diwali is the Hindu “Festival of Lights” which celebrates the New Year. It is India’s most important holiday. This holiday falls in either October or November depending on the cycle of the moon.

Songkran is the Thai New Year’s national holiday and is on the 13th of April every year. The Chinese or Lunar New year is an annual 15-day festival in China and Chinese communities around the world that begins with the new moon which occurs sometime between January 21 and February 20 according to Western calendars.

In the Jewish religious calendar, the New Year begins on Rosh Hashana, the first day of the month of Tishri, which falls between September 6 and October 5.

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For five days every fall, India shines especially bright. The occasion is Diwali, the country’s Festival of Lights. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Happy New Year!

Describes the origins of New Year traditions and ways in which the coming of the New Year is celebrated around the world.

Happy New Year

A brief introduction to the history and traditions of celebrating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Happy New Year, Everywhere!

Describes New Year greetings and customs from twenty countries and includes games, recipes and craft projects. 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a special holiday that celebrates the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Readers will learn that Jews celebrate by enjoying festive meals, eating symbolic foods like apples dipped in honey, attending synagogue services, and more. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla or as eBook in Spanish on Hoopla.