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!