New Year’s Day in Puerto Rico

We celebrate the New Year with big, big parties and “parrandas”. Parrandas are like going caroling from house to house, but our people do this when it is late, late at night. The people that you are supposed to visit can not know about you going to visit them that night; it’s like a big … Read more

New Year’s Day in Vietnam

Every country in the world has special holidays such as Labor Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. One important day in Vietnam is New Year’s, and we always have a lot of preparation for that day. About a month before New Year’s Day, we buy such things as food, drinks, and gifts. We also need … Read more

Shul, the Korean New Year

Traditionally, we have two celebration days in Korea. One is Shul (New Year’s Day) and the other is Chu-suk (a Thanksgiving day). Both of them are important for Koreans, but many children prefer Shul to Chu-suk. Shul has been a traditional holiday for a long time. It is the first day of the New Year … Read more

Keeping the Traditional New Year’s Holiday

Every country has famous holidays because they symbolize the customs of people. A famous holiday in my country is the Lunar New Year Festival. Nowadays, Vietnamese still keep this traditional holiday. First of all, the New Year holiday happens in February. In the month before the holiday, people clean up and whitewash their houses. They … Read more

Chinese New Year Paper Cutting

If you were in China for New Year’s Day, you would see many kinds of paper cuttings on every family’s windows. Paper cuttings are one of the most popular folk arts in China. They are properly framed or simply pasted onto the windows. Traditionally, they were only made of red paper. Most elderly women would … Read more

A Family Celebrates the Vietnamese New Year

Read how one Vietnamese family celebrates New Year’s in a uniquely Vietnamese way—preparing and eating traditional foods, observing special traditions, watching fireworks and a dragon dance, and sharing good times with family members. Spring is coming, the period of time to which I always aspire. It means that the New Year is also coming soon. … Read more

Our Chinese New Year

I thought originally that I would have a lonely Spring Festival in the U.S. this year, but afterward I knew I was wrong. Instead of it, Shelly and I had a very happy and busy holiday. It is the right time for our Chinese New Year Eve on Friday. My friend Shelly and I were … Read more

Beautiful New Year’s Customs in Argentina

It’s a hot day in Argentina, Buenos Airs. We are in summer. Everyone is happy because we are going to start another year. My grandmother told me we are going to have my favorite food for dinner: a salad with crayfish, turkey with potato cream and dulce de leche ice cream for dessert—our special food for New … Read more

Our New Year’s Resolutions

Readers from Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Venezuela share their resolutions. One of my resolutions for next year will be to save enough money for my son’s education. I’d like to have less stress in my life and dedicate more time to my family. To show … Read more