New Year's Celebrations Around the World
In what country will you find broken dishes on New Year's Day?
People around the world welcome the New Year. It is one of the world's oldest holidays. Most New Year's celebrations focus on family and friends. People talk about the old year and make plans for the new one. But not all New Year's celebrations are on the same day. Why? People use different calendars. China and India use a lunar calendar.
In the United States, January 1 is New Year's Day, but celebrations begin on December 31. There are parties everywhere, and people welcome the New Year at midnight.
The Japanese also celebrate the New Year on January 1. They celebrate for two weeks. When the New Year begins, Japanese people laugh. They believe laughing will bring them good luck in the New Year.
The Chinese New Year celebration is fifteen days long. It could happen between January 21 and February 20. People visit family and friends and enjoy good food. Children get hong bao, or red envelopes, with money inside.
In Denmark, broken dishes in front of your door mean good luck on New Year's Day. People save old dishes and then throw them at their friends' doors on New Year's Eve. Many broken dishes mean you have many friends.