New Year’s: Customs, a Quiz, and Resolutions
- Travel the globe to discover some interesting New Year’s customs.
- Then take a quiz to see what you remember!
- Everyone loves to make New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s Memories
- A student from Argentina recalls beautiful customs in her country.
- A student describes a Chinese dinner she made with a friend.
- A Vietnamese student remembers celebrating with her family.
Descriptions of Special New Year’s customs
- Traditionally, the Spanish eat 12 grapes at midnight—for good luck.
- Displaying paper cuttings in China is a traditional custom.
- Mochituki—making New Year’s rice cakes is a fun Japanese tradition.
- In Thailand’s Songkran (The Water Festival), people get wet!
- Eating Ttok-Kuk (Rice Cake Soup) is traditional on the Korean New Year.
- Eating black-eyed peas for luck is a tradition in southern U.S.
New Year’s Celebrations
- A young man gives a detailed description of New Year’s in Korea.
- There are many ways to celebrate a traditional Japanese New Year.
- New Year’s is a big party for all in Brazil.
- A student wants to keep the Vietnam’s traditional New Year’s holiday.
- The customs and celebrations of Shul are important to Koreans.
- A student describes Chinese New Year’s celebrations then and now.
- A student explains how Vietnamese celebrate the New Year.
- In Puerto Rico, people go to see the first sunset of the year.
- In Thailand, people celebrate, but they also like to travel and relax.
- Turkish New Year: dinner at home, special TV programs and fireworks.
- Seol-nal, the second biggest holiday in Korea, celebrates a new start.
- A student from Spain describes eating grapes for luck.