How do they celebrate the New Year in America? Traditions, features, history
The Western Hemisphere, like the rest of the world, celebrates two of the most important winter festivities in the year: Christmas and New Year. And if the first of them is characterized by a quiet family dinner, ancient traditions and a sacred atmosphere, then the second is the complete opposite. We now find out exactly how the New Year is celebrated in America, what is so special about here and what traditions are preserved on these lands. After all, it is worth considering the fact that many European rituals often mingled with the customs of the Indians.
History of the New Year in America
To celebrate this triumph on the New Earth began in the 17th century, when the first colonies of Europeans arrived here. Traditions were completely identical to the British or Spanish, from the date of celebration, to decorations. In the early years of colonization, the Indians did not pay attention to the rituals here, as they were forced out of society in every possible way. Therefore, the important role was played by the country from which the immigrants arrived, because in accordance with this the first American social norms were established. So, in the North, the traditions of the New Year in America were identical with the British or with the French (which are also very similar to each other). The inhabitants of Latin America celebrate the New Year in accordance with the Spanish and Portuguese customs, but it is fair to say that in recent years they borrowed a lot from the United States. The cult of the Indian pagan gods began to appear on this holiday only in the 20th century. In these incomprehensible and slightly scary images people dress up and walk the streets during demonstrations, parades and carnivals.
What day should the New Year come?
Nowadays the whole world (with the exception of some African countries) lives according to the Gregorian calendar. In accordance with it, the New Year is celebrated in America. The date of its celebration is from December 31 to January 1. It is officially considered that the celebration falls on the first day of the year just come. However, the real bright, unforgettable and simply stunningly beautiful celebration takes place on December 31st. On this day, the streets do not break through because of a large influx of people - local and tourists. The shelves of shops are empty, the decorations, crackers, Bengal lights and other pyrotechnics are sparkling in the air. All the houses, both inside and out, are fully dressed with tinsel, rain and balls. It is in this brilliance and bright colors that the New Year is celebrated in America. This date, which is noteworthy, does not count as a day off. December 31, all offices work, as well as shops, hairdressers and other institutions.
USA and Canada
Here the preparation for the New Year's celebration begins at the end of November, immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the New Year in America is celebrated after Christmas, trees and most of the street decorations here have long been established. During the period from December 24 to January 1, Santa Clauses walk around the streets of all cities, taking photos with children, talking and giving them presents. Traditions of the New Year in America, in particular in the US and Canada, are completely borrowed from England. Santa Claus on the night of 31 to 1 falls into the house, where there are children, through the fireplace and leaves his gifts in shoes or in socks. In the morning the kids sort out their presents. The traditional dish on the tables is a turkey, and it is complemented by pizza, hot dogs, various sausages, salads and much more.
The main festivals of the USA
- Pantomime Parade. This custom was born in Philadelphia thanks to the arrival of the Irish. The bottom line is that a play is staged on the street, which lasts about 10 hours. Clowns, dancers, jugglers, musicians participate in it. In short, this live circus lasts throughout the holiday and is available to everyone for free.
- Tournament Rose. Extraordinarily colorful and colorful action, which was first held in California. Anyone can also get on it. The bottom line is that it ends with a football match, which every live or live American must see.
New Year's noise and brilliance of Central America
In Mexico, Cuba, Panama in the Dominican Republic, the arrival of the New Year is accompanied by the loudest sirens and ringing, as well as the brightest salutes. We already know how to celebrate the New Year in America North - colorful, fun, noisy. But here begins a real carnival, which covers both the beliefs of the Indians, and Catholic rituals, and the preferences of modern youth "to break away in clubs." New Year's Eve here is a public holiday, which is usually celebrated on the street, in a bar or in a restaurant. People go around the cities, disguised as who. Men wear black widows, some groups wear dragon costumes. The costume, which symbolizes the old, outgoing year, is always complemented by stilts. It is noteworthy that at the moment when the clock strikes 12 times, all the inhabitants of Central America start shouting, beating with spoons and pots. Simultaneously, all bells ring in the cities. So they greet the New Year.
Features of the celebrations in the southern part of the continent
How to celebrate the New Year in America, where there is no snow, there are no ice skating rinks and other winter paraphernalia? There are incredibly bright carnivals, where everyone can demonstrate their choreographic abilities. What is only worth the carnival in Rio, which falls just in the middle of winter. Similar, but less vivid actions are organized in Argentina, Ecuador, Chile and Peru. The main thing that all Latino people remember: New Year's is a public holiday. And on this day you need to have a good time and get positive for the whole next year.
As it turned out, the celebration of the New Year in America is a public affair. There are clubs, restaurants, fun on the streets, participate in productions and carnivals. And, most importantly, no one is bored.