Welcome to our fun facts cornucopia, where you’ll find a little bit of everything related to New Year’s Resolutions.
If you’ve ever wondered how the new year is celebrated in Belgium, you’ve come to the right place.
If you want to find out how Happy New Year is pronounced in Italian, you’ll find out here. If you are interested in the learning about the history of New Year’s Resolutions, we’ll tell you all about it.
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Good Luck Traditions
With New Year’s upon us, here’s a look at some of the good luck rituals from around the world. They are believed to bring good fortune and prosperity in the coming year.
AUSTRIA – The suckling pig is the symbol for good luck for the new year. It’s served on a table decorated with tiny edible pigs. Dessert often consists of green peppermint ice cream in the shape of a four-leaf clover.
BABYLONIA – The people of Mesopotamia celebrate the New Year festival known as Akitu in the springtime. They celebrate the arrival of the spring rains and the renewal of nature, as well as the renewal of the community.
At the festival the story of the creation is read out to remind people of the order of the universe and how it had risen out of the struggle between Marduck the god of heaven and Tiamut goddess of the powers of chaos.
BAHAI – The Bahai people (Part of Iran) have their own calendar consisting of nineteen months of nineteen days plus a couple of extra days between the eighteenth and nineteenth months. They have however adopted the Iranian custom of beginning the New Year in the spring equinox.
The day begins at sunset rather than midnight, and the New Year celebrations are held during the evening of March 20th.
BELGIUM – In Belgium New Year’s Eve is called Sint Sylvester Vooranvond or Saint Sylvester Eve.
The réveillon or New Year’s Eve family parties are thrown. At midnight everyone kisses, exchanges good luck greetings, and drinks toasts to absent relatives and friends. The cities, cafés, and restaurants are crowded with people who bid farewell to the Old Year.
New Year’s Day is called Nieuwjaarsdag at this time of the year the children save money to buy decorated paper for writing holiday greetings to parents and god parents.
BENGALI – In Bengali they celebrate New Year on the 13th or 14th of April, which is the first day of the month that they call Baisakh.
They clean and decorate their houses in preparation for the New Year. They use flour to paint patterns on the ground out the front of their houses, in the middle of the design they place an earthenware pot, decorated with a red and white swastika which is a religious symbol, and filled with holy water and vermilion.
Also inside the pot they place a mango tree branch which must consist of five twigs and a number of leaves. The pot symbolizes good fortune for the family.
BRAZIL – In Brazil the lentil is believed to signify wealth, so on the first day of the New Year they serve lentil soup or lentils and rice. In Brazil on New Year’s Eve priestesses of the local macumba voodoo cult dress in blue skirts and white blouses for a ceremony dedicated to the goddess of water, Yemanja.
A sacrificial boat laden with flowers, candles and jewelry is pushed out to sea from Brazil’s famous Ipenama beach in Rio de Janeiro.
BURMA – The Burmese New Year, which is based on the Fixed Zodiac system, falls on or around April 16. In Burma there is a three day New Year festival called Maha Thingyan, which is celebrated with prayers, fasting and fun.
During the festivities, buildings and temples are washed, and people throw water over each other. This is partly to welcome the heavy rains of the coming monsoon season. The Burmese New Year festival is held to celebrate the New Year, by performing meritorious deeds and spraying one another with Thingyan water.
HAPPY NEW YEAR – NEW YEARS RESOLUTION – GARY RYAN BLAIR
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