How and when to receive the New Year in different countries, and why is there such a difference

Each country has its own history, its important events with which it all began. Or natural phenomena, after which we can draw a line, draw our own conclusions and be happy to start a new year. tells you today how a number of countries live with a fervor in their traditions to celebrate the New Year. All, very different.

China greets the New Year in February

The chinese New Year is known as the Spring Festival. Their arrival is determined in function of the phases of the Moon and each year is dedicated to one of the 12 animals.

Queen the abundance of red, both in clothing and in the decoration of the homes and streets and is known for being a very noisy. From fireworks to firecrackers and other loud noises, as this scares away the bad spirits and attracts good luck. And for a good hearty dinner back home, even those who work or study in other cities.

The arrival of the New Year in Japan is celebrated for almost an entire month

In Japan, the New Year is celebrated according to the gregorian calendar. The period holiday begins December 25 and lasts almost a month. The japanese decorate the homes with the compositions of bamboo, branches of plum and fir, which symbolizes abundance, prosperity and love.

On the eve of the New Year, the japanese, without hesitation, to visit the temples praying to the gods that they do not lack happiness and health. On new year’s Eve, they give each other tortillas rice color white and pink, as these colours bring good luck.

Thailand celebrates the New Year on the 13 of April

The thai New Year Songkran marks the change of the season, according to the old calendar astrological indian, starting the rainy season.

The thais give to the buddhist monks saucers holidays. The statues of Buddha are washed with water with petals of rose and jasmine. These days, it is hard to stay dry because its inhabitants with water pistols, buckets and hoses to wet the passers-by and everything that happens around him. Cover people with white clay, and talc. This symbolizes cleansing, renewal, and a way of getting rid of the negative accumulated throughout the year that is ending.

The burmese also celebrate the New Year in April, on the dates set by their authorities

Approximately, from the 12 to the 17 of April, the New Year arrives in Burma (Myanmar). The festival is called Thingyan. The more noise and joy, the better, because this way we can call the attention of the gods of the rain. In the streets there is a sort of Universal Deluge, and water in abundance to the passers-by with hoses and buckets.

Young people express their homage to the older generations, washing the elderly’s hair with shampoo bark and green beans. And it is also a custom to save a fish from a tank with risk of drying to release it in a big lake, alleging the following: “Loose once for 10 times I let go of me.”

In India, the New Year is celebrated several times a year

In India, the New Year is celebrated more often than in any other country in the world. The traditional of this country, known as “Goody Padva”, is held in march. In many states, the New Year is carried out according to the calendars of traditional peoples who live there.

One of the celebrations more lively is the New Year bengali, Holi. Known as the festival of colours, this is done in early spring. The first night is the burning of an effigy of the goddess Holika, pass the cattle through the fire and walking on coals. After, they start with the fun celebrations, we pour each other’s paintings live and irrigated with water colors.

Ethiopia celebrates New Year on 11 September

On the 11th of September, at the conclusion of the rainy season in Ethiopia is celebrated on the New Year: Enkutatash. The ethiopians made high bonfires of eucalyptus and fir trees. In the main square of Addis Ababa gather its inhabitants for observing to which side it will fall off the top burned from the fire main. On the one hand, with the new year, come the harvest more abundant.

During the celebration, dressed in traditional clothing, the inhabitants attend the church and visit their friends. The children, in colorful costumes, they give crowns of flowers, visits to neighbours and, for a cash reward, the girls sing and the guys paint drawings.

In Saudi Arabia there is not a fixed date for the New Year

In the countries of the islamic, where they calculated the years from the Hegira (the time in which the prophet Muhammad took the muslims from Mecca to Medina), the year begins on the first day of muharram. The date moves every year 11 days. So there is a fixed date of the beginning of the New Year.

But that does not worry anybody: in most of the muslim countries, the New Year is not celebrated in any way.

In Israel, the New Year comes with the fall

The jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah comes in September or in October. On this day we usually greet each other, wishing to be inscribed in the “Book of life ”. In the period of holiday is usually to eat apples with honey for the next year will be sweet.

During the liturgy it is blowing in a horn: the shofar. It symbolizes a call to the divine judgment and repentance. It is believed that on Rosh Hashanah it is created the first man, Adam, as also occurred the expulsion from paradise.

In Italy, the New Year is celebrated in the street, kissing

The italians, to celebrate the New Year, shed from its windows, old stuff and junk. It is believed that, the more junk strips, the more happy you will be the next year. Italy celebrates the arrival of the New Year in the early hours of 1 January. People come out to the streets adorned for the occasion with bright lights. The traffic is cut and the squares are held performances with fireworks as a backdrop.

In Rome there is a tradition of jumping on the festive evening of the bridge on the Tiber river to get the happiness. And in Venice there is the custom of kissing during the new year’s Eve. The piazza San marco, to the rhythm of the chimes, and the noise of the fireworks, it is filled with hundreds of couples kissing.

Greece celebrates the Day of St. Basil

The 1° of January in Greece, not only the New Year begins, but also the day honoring St. Basil, the patron saint of the poor. The main dish of the festive table is the vasilopita, a sweet bread decorated with dough, berries and nuts. It introduces a currency: if you touch the piece with her will be the more happy in the new year. According to the legend, and so it was that St. Basil gave his goods to the poor.

The Greek children expect their gifts of New Year, which are St. Basil, and not Santa Claus or Father Christmas. The young leave their shoes next to the fireplace throughout the night to be found within in the morning the pleasant surprises.

In Scotland, on the night of 31 October to 1 November the new year begins

Samhain is a celtic festival antigua to celebrate the end of harvest and the beginning of the new year. When they adopted christianity, Samhain became All Saints Day and the night before on Halloween.

The fire, the candles, and bonfires are mandatory attributes of this celebration. By firelight passed the cattle and the inhabitants thrown into the fire. It is an ancient ritual of purification by fire. In the celtic peoples in Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man, on the night of 31 October to 1 November up to this day is considered the beginning of the new year.

In the Uk there are places where they celebrate the New Year the old-fashioned way: on the 14th of January

In Pembrokeshire, in the valley of Gwaun, there is a small village with narrow streets and inhabitants obstinate. For a long time, all over the United Kingdom adopted the gregorian calendar, but the residents of this town continue to celebrate the new
year to the old-fashioned way, following the traditions established before 1752.

The New Year in the valley of Gwaun begins on the night of 13 to 14 January. The children on this festive day sing old songs in the welsh language and visit to the neighbors, begging for candy and gifts.

Bonus. But what holiday is the New Year Old?

The New Year Old has emerged during the transition from the julian calendar to the gregorian, the difference between which is now 13 days. The New Year, according to the old style comes in the night from 13 to 14 January.

The New Year Old is held in Russia, in all former republics of the Soviet Union, in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. In Macedonia, the New Year Old are usually held on the street: the neighbors take out tables and receive together this appointment according to the old calendar. In Switzerland, the New Year Old is called “the Night of Saint Sylvester”. In Serbia, New Year’s Serbian. In Japan, the New Year Old is known as Risshun, and is the feast of the beginning of spring.

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