New Year’s Eve Around the World

Elizabeth Peberdy, Staff Writer

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Millions of people in the United States come together every year to celebrate the New Year and wave farewell to the previous year with fireworks, food, prayer services, and other festivities. Most Americans mark the New Year by tuning in to watch the annual ball drop that takes place in Times Square, New York, with famous performers making appearances to sing.

 

However, America isn’t the only country in the world that celebrates the New Year. In fact, New Year’s Eve is celebrated all around the world with tons of unique foods and traditions that differ greatly from those of which we have in America.

 

In Spain, the citizens stick to their own traditions and eat “lucky grapes”. The goal is to try and eat twelve grapes before midnight in order to prosper in the New Year. Generally, people in Spain will watch a live broadcast from Puerta del Sol in Madrid, where people gather in front of the square’s clock tower to celebrate the New Year.  The New Year is celebrated with tamales and fireworks in Mexico, as well as toasting with champagne at midnight. The kadomatsu, a traditional decoration in Japan, is made with bamboo and flowers for the New Year holiday. The citizens of Japan will be eating soba noodles at midnight, as the long noodles symbolize longevity and prosperity. Kransekage is a tower cake made from marzipan that holds a bottle of wine in the center. Kransekage literally means “wreath cake” and is usually enjoyed in Denmark and Norway on New Year’s Eve with friends and family.

 

The New Year is celebrated by countless people all over the world with just as many varying traditions.

 

How does your family celebrate the New Year? Let us know in the comments below!

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