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The best New Year ever?

2010 is already coming to an end and saying goodbye. Everybody is now saying welcome to 2011.

This word cloud is a compilation of some wishes for the new year in many languages.

The question is if people are really sincere when they say them or it is just a formality.

What do you say to your friends and loved ones on New Year's Eve (December 31st)?

What do the New Year celebrations mean to you?


Angela said…
What do the New Year celebrations mean ?
The basic concepts of the New Year is about renewal and good luck. Each culture has its own symbols for these concepts.
In Rio, loads of people wearing white go to Copacabana to see the spectacular fireworks. Some of them participate in an African ritual ceremony to honor Lemanja, the Goddess of Sea. Boats of varied sizes are prepared with the images of Lemanja. Everyone comes with white flowers and gifts, which are thrown into the sea as an offering to the Goddess. Champagne is not only offered to Yemanja but also drank : the traditional midnight toast which is international.
It`s also advisable to eat some kinds of food like lentil and grapes which may represent abundance and prosperity.
In many parts of the U.S. people celebrate the New Year by consuming black-eyed peas. typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas bring them good luck .
In Greece, the tradition is Vasilopita (a cake baked with a coin inside)
In Spain they consume twelve grapes at midnight—one grape for each stroke of the clock.
Some other cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.
For me, New Year celebrations also mean FRIENDSHIP RENEWAL.
That`s why I like the tradition of almost every English-speaking country to bring in the New Year singing Auld Lang Syne which means “The good old days”
The lyrics are about old friends who have parted and meet again, sharing a drink together to celebrate their long friendship.
The basic message is that we should not forget our old friends.

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago !

For old long ago, my dear
For old long ago,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For old long ago.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For old long ago.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since old long ago.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill draught (of ale)
For old long ago!

And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness

Adapted from New Year's Traditions
Auld Lang Syne and other New Year's customs
by Borgna Brunner
Anonymous said…
From culture to culture, country to country, we all have our traditions and practices that we believe can make our lives better. Deep down, we all want the same thing and have the same needs.
Angela said…
Correcting :
Champagne is not only offered to Yemanjá but also drunk.

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