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

New Year’s Customs from Around the World

Around the globe, countries have special or unusual New Year’s customs. Some customs are shared; others vary from country to country. Some are amusing, such as the Thai custom of throwing water on people; and many are intended to bring good luck during the new year ahead, such as the Spanish custom of eating 12 … Read more

New Year’s Customs Worldwide

Wishing for Luck, Eating Special Foods How do people around the world celebrate the coming of the New Year? There are many and varied customs from one country to another, ranging from watching fireworks to eating special foods. Some customs are very surprising or amusing, such as the Thai custom of throwing water on people … Read more

Special Memories of Christmas & New Year’s

Piedad Quintas from Ecuador I remember a sad Christmas when I was a little child in 1980. First, my brother got sick a few days before Christmas day and had to stay in a children’s hospital about one week. My father didn’t have a job, and my mother was pregnant with her last child. My … Read more