On the first Thursday of every month I will be regaling you with history, fun facts, and interesting tidbits. I look forward to hearing from you, I’m always interested.
Here I am, sixty-five years young and just realized that maybe people in other countries don’t celebrate the New Year in the same way that the US does.
For those people living outside the US for us, the most celebrated event is the “ball drop’ in Times Square, N.Y. which was begun in 1907, add in the free flow of wine, champagne, feasting and of course, our national past time, football.
The United Kingdom welcomes the New Year in with loud cheers, warmth of family, friends, with feasting and drinking.
In China, they celebrate their New Year with much pomp and grandeur. Celebrations may last for 10-15 days. Beating of drums chase away evil spirits, Lion Dancing, and feasting.
In Japan they visit Temples to pray for the departed and for a good harvest. Temple bells are rung 10 times to chase off evil. Also, Japanese homes have straw ropes at the entrance to bring good luck.
In Denmark they collect dishes all year and throw them at the front door of their friends on New Year’s-the more broken plates, the more friends you’ll have in the New Year.
These are just a few of the traditions from different countries. I’d enjoy reading what some of your traditions are and some you may be familiar.
Linda Lee Kane has a master’s degree in education, school psychology, people pupil services, and learning disability specialist. She has authored eight books; two are mysteries, The Black Madonna: A fast-paced action adventure and an exciting, exhilarating read. Murder, mystery, and intrigue keep you on the edge of your seat. Chilled to the Bones: An adventurous and chilling ride where four high school friends find themselves embroiled in a historical mystery more than a century old. Secret codes, murder, and a lurking evil presence lead them to the point of almost no return. A page turner from beginning to end.
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