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Title: Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
Auld Lang Syne Should auld acquaintance be
forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld
acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang
syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang
syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld
lang syne. Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind? Should auld
acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang
syne? And here's a hand, my trusty friend And
gie's a hand o' thine We'll tak' a cup o'
kindness yet For auld lang syne
Auld Lang Syne has become the traditional song
among English-speaking peoples for bidding
farewell to the old year and hailing the new.
This song presents the theme of passing time
through a context of remembered friendship. The
song very cunningly combines a note of present
conviviality with a poignant sense of the loss of
earlier companionship brought by time and
distance. Such a note is just right for New
Year's Eve, when the mind hovers between
retrospect and anticipation and we think equally
of days gone for ever and days to come.
New Years
Around the World
Chinese New Year The Chinese New Year "Yuan Tan"
takes place between January 21 and February 20.
For many, it is a time for feasting, celebrating,
and visiting relatives and friends. The
celebrations are based on bringing luck, health,
happiness, and wealth till the next year. They
clean their houses to rid them of lasts year's
bad luck before the celebrations begin. There are
street parades with dancing dragons that are
associated with longevity and wealth. Chinese
people decorate their houses with plastic
firecrackers, which are intended to frighten away
evil spirits and bad luck. They go to the markets
to buy plants such as the Kumquat tree, which is
considered to be the luckiest. The peach blossom
and the tangerine are also considered to be
lucky. Lucky money is given out to the unmarried
as well as the children of the family in red
envelopes with the family name and good-luck
message written on them in gold. If the feast of
New Year falls on the year of any particular
animal the Chinese try not to eat that animals
Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah is a holy time for
people to be introspective. Synagogues hold
special services and an instrument called a
Shofar is played. Children are given new clothes,
and New Year loaves are baked and fruit is eaten
to remind people of harvest time. In 2003, the
Jewish New Year is in September.
South African New Year In South Africa they ring
in the New Year with church bells ringing and
gunshots being fired. For those in the Cape
Province New Year's Day and Second New Year's Day
are full of a carnival atmosphere as there are
carnivals where people dress in colorful costumes
and dance in streets to the sound of drums.
German New Year Celebration begins with
fireworks and toasting to friends and family.
People would drop molten lead into cold water and
try to tell the future from the shape it made. A
heart or ring shape meant a wedding, a ship a
journey, and a pig plenty of food in the year
ahead. People also would leave a bit of every
food eaten on New Year's Eve on their plate until
after Midnight as a way of ensuring a
well-stocked larder.
Brazilian New Year In Brazil the lentil is
believed to signify wealth, so on the first day
of the New Year they serve lentil soup or lentils
and rice. Fireworks light up the sky as people in
Brazil celebrate the New Year.
Portuguese New Year The Portuguese pick and eat
twelve grapes from a bunch as the clock strikes
twelve on New Year's Eve. This is done to ensure
twelve happy months in the coming year.
Japanese New Year Oshogatsu is an important time
for family celebrations, when all the shops,
factories and offices are closed. The Japanese
celebrate the New Year on January 1, but they
also keep their beliefs from Shinto their
religion. To keep out evil spirits, they hang a
rope of straw across the front of their houses,
which stands for happiness and good luck. When
the New Year begins, the Japanese people begin to
laugh, which supposedly brings them good luck in
the year.
U.S.A. New Year In the US they believe that
black-eyed beans are lucky. They also watch the
Championship football games in stadiums or on
their televisions. They also in New York's Time
Square they watch for the moment when a giant
brightly colored electric apple is lowered to the
ground at which time they start saying Happy New
New Year Traditions
The tradition of making New Year resolutions date
back to the early Babylonians. The early
Babylonian's most popular resolution was to
return borrowed farm equipment.
The Tournament of Roses Parade dates back to
1886. In that year, members of the Valley Hunt
Club decorated their carriages with flowers,
which celebrated the ripening of the orange crop
in California. Although the Rose Bowl football
game was first played as a part of the Tournament
of Roses in 1902, it was replaced by Roman
chariot races the following year. In 1916, the
football game returned as the sports centerpiece
of the festival.
New Year Traditions
Traditionally, it was thought that one could
affect the luck they would have throughout the
coming year by what they did or ate on the first
day of the year. It has become common for folks
to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new
year in the company of family and friends. It was
once believed that the first visitor on New
Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad
luck the rest of the year. It was particularly
lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall
dark-haired man.
Traditional New Year foods are also thought to
bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything
in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it
symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a
year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe
that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring
good fortune.
New Year Traditions
Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the New Year by
consuming black-eyed peas or other legumes, which
are considered lucky. These legumes are typically
accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. The hog,
and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it
symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good
luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's
Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a
sign of prosperity. In some regions, rice is a
lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.
The tradition of using a baby to signify the New
Year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was
their tradition at that time to celebrate their
god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a
basket, representing the annual rebirth of that
god as the spirit of fertility. Although the
early Christians denounced the practice as pagan,
the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth
forced the Church to reevaluate its position. The
Church finally allowed its members to celebrate
the New Year with a baby, which was to symbolize
the birth of the baby Jesus.
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