Actually when the New Year approaches there are two things that come to mind – one is the Grand New Year Eve party and the New Year Resolutions.
It is believed that whatever we do on the first day of the New Year affects our entire year. So start the year with a good deed and you will continue doing them throughout the year. It is also believed that one should begin the New Year by wearing brand new clothes. Not only is it auspicious but it also ensures that you have a steady flow of new clothes the entire year to jazz up your wardrobe!
Greet the New Year by making loud noises. Not only would you enjoy doing that, but also it is believed that it scares away evil spirits thus ensuring you have a hassle free New Year. It is also recommended that you remain happy and cheerful on the first day of the year as it ensures that you shall have a cheerful year ahead!
New Year celebrations in different parts of the world
In Russia, amongst the most popular New Year symbols is a New Year’s Tree called Novogodnaya Yolka that is topped with a bright star and decorated with various sweets. New Year presents are kept under the New Year Tree. The most important part of the New Year activities is the sumptuous dinner with light music and champagne. The most important meals consist of meat, green peas, pickles, mayonnaise, onion, carrots and potatoes.
In Europe New Year is celebrated in a very traditional way with all the age old customs being followed. ‘First footing’ is a very old tradition, practiced very seriously in Europe till date. When the clock strikes at midnight, a male stranger must be the first person to enter the house. It is supposed to bring good luck and prosperity for the family.
In the United States, New Year’s Day begins with wishing the near and dear ones ‘Happy New Year’. People visit their loved ones and sometimes go out for a picnic with them. Watching the famous Tournament of Roses Parade further accelerates New Year celebrations. Theme of the parade varies every year. There is also a New Year custom to play the most famous games of football such as the Orange Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl.
In Japan, on a New Year Eve, people eat Toshikoshi-soba (a kind of noodle) at night. They offer prayers at midnight. It is considered highly auspicious to listen to the chimes of a temple bell. According to the Japanese religion, sound of the 108 chimes drives away all the sins and gives birth to new life.
The people of Germany welcome New Year in a merry way. The Germans believe that it is very auspicious to have carp (a type of fish) or herring and toast made with champagne or sekt. Cabbage and carrots are also eaten to bring in financial stability. Lentil soup with wieners is very popular.