Thinking Aloud: Happy New Year!
Sept. 25, 2014 by Darius
Happy New Year to all my Jewish readers! In honor of Rosh Hashanah, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some other New Year’s celebrations around the world.
In China, the Lunar New Year (late January or early February) is celebrated with parades, lanterns, costumes, and firecrackers. It was one of my favorite events in the year when I was younger. 🙂 Tet, the Vietnamese New Year (made famous by the so-called Tet Offensive in 1968), is celebrated the same time as the Chinese Lunar New Year.
In Iran and a number of other countries near Iran, the New Year, known as Nowruz, is the first day of spring (about March 21). Nowruz is celebrated at the equinox. Depending on the country, Nowruz is celebrated over twelve days and involves visits with family and friends, new clothes, and special foods.
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