Many cultures around the world celebrate the advent of a new year. Some celebrate based on the Gregorian calendar and begin afresh on January 1st. Other cultures follow the lunar calendar and celebrate at different times of year. These can range from January to April to September to November.
Regardless of when different families and cultures celebrate, a new year celebration is often thought to be a time to start new, releasing challenges of the past year and welcoming a bright future. Some may eat specific foods to represent hopes for the future, others may attend or throw a big party, and still others may ignore the holiday altogether. There are so many different choices and options!
- Picture Book Recommendation: Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport (Author), Marion Eldridge (Illustrator)
- Video about (Gregorian Calendar) New Year Around the World and video about Other New Years Celebrations Around the World
- New Year’s Food: There are many different foods that symbolize hopes for the new year around the globe. These foods include everything from noodles (for long life) to pomegranates (fertility) to fish (good fortune) to black-eyed peas (good luck). Think about a hope you have for the coming year and choose a food that represents it to you!