Out goes the old year
In comes the new year



January 1

New Years  is celebrated at the stroke of midnight (12:00 PM) on December 31. It is officially New Year's Day. Oftentimes there are parties on  the evening of December 31 to say good-bye to the old year and welcome the new. Just before midnight people pass out party hats and streamers, confetti, and noise makers. When midnight draws near people will count down 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1......  When the clock strikes 12:00 people shake their noise makers and yell, "Happy New Year."  If people are at a a dance, balloons may fall from the ceiling.  Family and friends will kiss one another.  A band plays Auld Lang Syne.  Sometimes people make a toast and wish everyone a bright and Happy New Year or whatever they are wishing for.  As children we used to bang pots and pans together because we didn't have any noise makers.

If the weather is bad or snow and ice is on the road some people don't go to a party,  Instead  some people will watch the New Year come in by watching TV. Oftentimes they will turn on a program that shows other people celebrating the New Year.

One celebration which is quite popular is a celebration which is held in New York City.  Thousands of people gather in Times Square which is downtown New York City. People wait for a giant ball to drop at midnight. It is very large and usually glows and I believe for the millennium it was made by a famous Crystal manufacturer Waterford.
The Local TV stations also provide coverage of local parties.

The next day people watch on TV a famous parade from Pasadena,  California.  It is called the Tournament of Roses Parade. Each year a new theme is chosen and the floats are made of beautiful flowers. High school bands compete to get to march in the parade and there are many beautiful floats in the parade. Judges are asked to choose the best floats and awards are given to the winners.

Later in the day people gather with family and friends and watch football games.

In the south people eat black-eyed peas for good luck.

Some people believe that if you eat a good meal on New Years you will never grow hungry the rest of the year.

Almost everyone makes a NEW YEARS RESOLUTION.
Some people vow to lose weight.  Students often want to do better in school.
People just decide to do something different to better themselves.



Happy New Year in Many Languages

Auld Lang Syne

Ann Landers New Year Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

Celebrating New Year's Around the World


Auld Lang Syne

History of New Years



Chinese New Year


  Celebrated on the second new moon (lunar) after the Winter Solstice (solar).
January 31, 2013



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