New Year in different countries

New Year comes to people in different countries at different times. He does not everywhere smell of fir-tree and snow. People celebrate the New Year according to the traditions of their ancestors. How many peoples, so many New Year’s customs. In India, the New Year comes several times. In the north – in April, in the south – in March, in the state of Kerala – in June, in Western India – in October-November. The Western Indian New Year begins with the holiday of fire. Five days before the holiday grandiose folk performances on the Indian epic “Ramayana” are played out. They make a huge, three-story paper giant. A man, dressed up as a hero of the epic, fights against him and shoots him from a bow with a lighted arrow. Under the triumphant cries of spectators, the giant flares up and burns. Returning home, people decorate the windows and doors with light bulbs. Before the threshold of each house on the street you can see colorful drawings –

symbols of hospitality. To meet the New Year, get up at 4-5 o’clock in the morning, light an illumination, dress up. According to custom, everyone should go to the senior in age to ask for blessings, peace of mind and health. On the first day of the New Year, they reflect, recall the past and express their good wishes for the future.

In Finland, the holiday begins with the arrival of an old man in a red fur coat, with a beard and a bag of presents – a Finnish Santa Claus. Finnish children know that Santa Claus has a book in which he records their misconduct. And since he himself does not have time to go everywhere, all the childish pranks “take on the pencil” his ubiquitous children. They, too, are dressed in red sheepskin coats and make up the retinue of Santa Claus on the tree. Young people, who are no longer afraid of the book of Santa Claus, prefer to celebrate the New Year in restaurants or cafes. Often young people recall ancient customs, fortune telling, it gives pleasure to compete in wit, predicting each other’s fate along the patterns of molten tin.

And in Italy on

December 25 people gather at holiday tables near Christmas trees. Babbo Natale – Italian Santa Claus is waiting for guests. Like the Russian Santa Claus, he comes with a bag of gifts. On the night of January 1, no one walks or drives through the streets. And not only because everyone is in a hurry to meet the New Year. In the New Year’s midnight on the Italian streets is not safe: as soon as the clock strikes twelve strokes, all the windows and balconies fly off old junk, broken chairs and even beds. People want to believe that if you throw out an old thing at midnight, you’ll get the same new one in the coming year. Following the old things fly crackers, confetti. Children, going to bed, leave their stockings near the fireplace. At night, the fairy Befane flies into the chimney. She is like the Russian Baba Yaga, but sometimes she does good. And when the children wake up, they find in their stockings, hanging from the fireplace, gifts Befane. For those who were not obedient last year, the fairy puts charcoal instead of candy in a stocking. In some stockings, coals are larger, in others smaller, but there are almost no gifts without embers, since the fairy Befane is also a good teacher.

In Colombia, the day before the holiday, a big doll is made on every street – Old Year, reads the Old Testament, which tells which one will inherit. This testament is very funny, and everyone is having fun. On the eve of the New Year everyone deceives each other, jokes like we do on April 1. At midnight an explosion is heard. Doll – Old Year – flies to pieces. Everyone congratulates each other, kisses, dances and sings.

In Ghana for the New Year there is no Christmas tree. It is replaced by small houses made of palm leaves, which are made everywhere in the streets and decorated with light bulbs. Young people come to these New Year’s houses, have fun and sing. The houses are covered with festive tables, followed by the whole family. Favorite New Year’s dish – fried cock. At midnight, those who quarreled last year should make peace and forgive each other’s previous grievances. At midnight, according to custom, a loud cry rises: it is considered that it is necessary to “yell” everything that was in the past year. If there was a misfortune in the family, they cry and cry, if joy – shout about it. At 4-5 o’clock in the morning they go to visit relatives and acquaintances. Together with congratulations everyone should tell about the grief and joy that visited him last year. The streets are loudly singing and dancing.

And in Kenya, they decorate a tree for the New Year, but not a Christmas tree, but a pine tree. The one who lives near the river, meets the New Year on the water, swims and boating. To the guests’ meeting, delicious dishes are prepared, the most favorite is a treat from stewed bananas with jam. At the festival a lot of music and songs.

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New Year in different countries