Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year Traditions from around the World

Make Mine Mystery
Thursday, January 5, 2017
 New Year Tradition from around the World – Linda Kane
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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Morgan Mandel said...

At my age, I'm lucky to be awake at midnight to kiss my husband to celebrate the New Year. We used to go to New Year's Eve parties, but now we like to stay off the roads that night.

Linda Kane said...

I haven't stayed up for a New Year celebration in I don't know how long.

Linda Thorne said...

I don't think I have stayed up for New Years either and not just the last few years, but maybe a couple of decades. Good post.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

At some point in one's life, sleep becomes more important than celebrating. We slept through the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. Interesting blog. Beryl

Annay Dawson said...

Haven't stayed up to see in the New Year for years. Not since my oldest, now 22 but at the time 4 years old, wanted to stay up and bang pots and pans at midnight. Still trying to figure out where he got that idea.