Auld Lang Syne “has become the Auld Lang Syne
traditional song among English-
speaking peoples for bidding farewell Should auld acquaintance be
to the old year and hailing the new.” forgot and never brought to
This song presents “the theme of mind? Should auld
passing time through a context of acquaintance be forgot and
remembered friendship. The song very days of auld lang syne? For
cunningly combines a note of present auld lang syne, my dear, for
conviviality with a poignant sense of the auld lang syne,
loss of earlier companionship brought we'll take a cup of kindness
by time and distance. Such a note is yet, for auld lang syne.
just right for New Year's Eve, when the
Should auld acquaintance be
mind hovers between retrospect and
forgot and never brought to
anticipation and we think equally of
mind? Should auld
days gone for ever and days to come.”
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
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 animal’s meat.
Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah is a
holy time for people
to be introspective.
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
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
They also watch the
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 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.