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!