New Year’s Traditions


People from countries all around the world celebrate the New Year. Find out how and when each country rings in the holiday from celebrations on December 31, to those who celebrate the Lunar New Year in February.20

New Years Traditions

Discover the secrets behind New Years traditions around the world.


An Indonesian man looks at Chinese New Year decorations Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Across Southeast Asia, people of Chinese descent are preparing for the Chinese lunar new year buying red and gold decor thought to represent prosperity.

(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)


Dragons dance as they parade through the street of London in a celebration of Chinese New Year, the "Year of the Pig," Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007.

(AP Photo/Sang Tan)


Shinto priests proceed to one of altars for new year's prayer under snow fall at the Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto, Japan, Sunday, Jan. 7 2007.

Kyoto, former capital of the country for over 1200 years, retains of thousands temples, shrines and local residences of centuries old, where many live a life style of tradition.

Throughout the first two weeks of the new year, the city shows spirit and legacy of tradition they have long protected.

(AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)


Fireworks explode over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the start of Friday, Jan. 1, 1999 as part of the New Year's celebrations.

(AP Photo/Agencia Estado, Zulmair Rocha)


The beginning of the New Year is celebrated in New York's Times Square just after the stroke of midnight every year on Jan. 1.

An estimated half million people were in Times Square to witness the traditional ball drop the year this photo was taken.

(AP Photo/Michael Schmelling)


Villagers wave wooden clubs and wearing fur masks before an annual confrontation in Ruginoasa, Romania, 400 kilometers north of Bucharest.

Villagers from the hill and valley side of the village engage in fights on the last day of every year in a centuries old ritual that, according to locals, is meant to purge the evil spirits in their community.

(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)


A pedestrian carries a bag as he walks by a group of traditional puppets made of straw and dressed with old clothes in Itagui, near Medellin, northwest of Bogota.

Colombians traditionally make effigies of straw that they dress with old clothing to be burned on New Year's Eve to erase, they say, the bad things that happened the previous year.

(AP Photo/Luis Benavides)


Masks representing Ecuadorean politicians are burned on New Year's Eve. Ecuadorians traditionally burn New Year's Eve effigies representing people that have been in the news during the year.

(AP/Photo Santiago Armas)


Giving a new interpretation of one of Rome's most popular New Year's Day traditions, people dive into the murky waters of the Tiber River from the 18-meter-high (54 feet) Ponte Cavour bridge to celebrate the New Year, on the first of January.


The band Inis Ceol, from left, Icie Alley, Tom Dooley and Marilyn Hotaling, performs at a Celtic New Year celebration Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000, at the Gaelic League in Detroit. The Celtic New Year began on Nov. 1. The celebration featured Irish music and food to celebrate the New Year, on the first of January. (AP Photo/Paul Warner)

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