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New Year’s Traditions World Wide

New Year’s Traditions World Wide

New Year’s celebrations are often the most celebratory and enthusiastic events in any given culture.  Did you know that not every nation celebrates the New Year on January 1?  Below are some interesting facts!

United States of America

According to the Gregorian Calendar, New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1. For Americans, the most exciting part of New Years is watching the iconic ball drop in the center of Times Square in New York City. The ball begins to drop at 11:59 p.m. on December 31. When the clock strikes midnight, it symbolizes the start of a new year. Millions of people start cheering and find their loved ones to kiss.


The Chinese follow the Lunar Calendar and celebrate the New Year sometime between mid-January and mid-February. This celebration is known as Yuan Tan and lasts between 10-15 days. Traditionally during the celebration, there is the Lion Dance, consisting of beating drums and cymbals that are believed to drive evil away.


The people of Iran follow the Persian calendar, in which Norouz marks the first day of spring and the start of the New Year. This celebration takes place when the sun crosses the celestial equator in March. One traditional and symbolic table setting during Norouz is the Haft Sin. This includes a mirror symbolizing the sky, an apple symbolizing the Earth, candies symbolizing fire, golab (rose water), sabzeh (wheat/barely), goldfish symbolizing animals, and painted eggs symbolizing humanity and fertility.


These are just a few of many amazing New Year’s Traditions that are celebrated around the world!

Holiday Traditions World Wide

Holiday Traditions World Wide

Every culture celebrates traditions differently, here at Techworld we like to recognize them in the best way we can.

St. Lucia Day

On the morning of December 13 in Sweden, children will wake up their families by singing them songs and bringing them breakfast in bed, including coffee and Lucia Cats (twisted saffron buns). Many girls will dress up as Lucia Brides, wearing long white gowns with red sashes and a wreath of burning candles on their heads to honor the 3rd-Century Saint.


Christmas is celebrated on December 25 by Christians, known as the day that Christ was born. Many celebrate this holiday by going to church, giving gifts, and sharing the day with their loved ones. In some parts of Europe, people called Star Singers will go caroling and sing special Christmas songs as they hold a pole with a huge star.


Kwanzaa, which means First Fruits, is based on ancient African harvest festivals and celebrates family life and unity. Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1. During this celebration, millions of African Americans dress in special clothing, decorate their homes with fruits and vegetables, and light 7 candles on a candleholder known as a Kinara.


The word posada translates to “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish. A procession takes place through the town to a home designated as the “inn.” Inside the home, the celebration can vary from a big energetic party to a small get-together among friends. To finish the night, the host feeds their guests usually tamales and a hot drink like ponche (punch) or atole (hot corn and masa based). There are piñatas and the children are given candy. This is an important part of the Mexican Christmas tradition and these celebrations recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Posadas are held each of the 9 nights leading up to Christmas, December 16 to 24.

Check back in next week to learn about New Year’s Traditions celebrated around the world!