Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year All Over The World

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Garfield in New Year
The Arbuckles's New Year Tradition (Thanks for Fedmich)

New Year is almost coming to us, how would you celebrate it, attend a party, watching DVD with buddies? or playing UNO Card like Qishi hi..hi..hi..

Every part of the world has it's own tradition to celebrating the New Year coming, here' some of them :

Australia

Sydney Fireworks
gageland.com

Unlike the North Side of the world, new year in Australia not coming at snowy day, so they go to the beach.

They have parties that start on December 31 and at midnight they start to make noise with whistles and rattles, car horns and church bells. To ring in the New Year.

In Australia New Year is a day for outdoor activities such as rodeos, picnic races and surf carnivals.

Brazil

De Iemanjá Festival
Throwing Piegons
De Iemanjá Festival (estatico.tudonahora.com)

They have De Iemanjá Festival where People dressed in white offer flowers and gifts to the Iemanjá, the Goddess of the Water in the Brazilian Umbanda religion. The colorful floating candles gives a splendid view at the time of New Year. A sacrificial boat laden with flowers, candles and jewelery is pushed out to sea from Brazil's famous Ipenama beach in Rio de Janeiro

This festival is celebrated with much devotion and sincerity by the fishermen of the city. They believe the catch at the time reflects the catch for rest of the year

Japan

Joya no Kane
Joya no Kane (japan-photo.de)

At the late of 31st December, Japan temple bells usher out the old year, and then comes the Joya no Kane which is the "night-watch bell", this is a series of exactly 108 peals. These, it is said, free the faithful from the 108 "earthly desires" lambasted in the Buddhist canon.

The ringing of the bell 108 times is done to free the year form evil. For those who follow the Shinto religion the house is decorated with evergreen s which are the symbol for eternal life and bamboo which is the symbol for honesty.

Kakizome
Kakizome (kyoto.travel)

At the 2nd of January it's time for kakizome, "first writing". Each member of the family takes a turn dipping a Burch into freshly mixed ink and inscribing a favorite poem or proverb onto a long strip of paper.

Paper lobsters are used as decorations in many Japanese houses at New Year. The reason is that the lobster's curved back resembles an elderly person and every New Year's greeting includes a wish for longevity.

There are two festivals to mark the New Year in Japan which are the Greater and the Lesser. The Greater Festival prayers are offered to the dead and friends exchange ritual gifts and visits when The Lesser Festival prayers for good crops are offered to the god of the rice paddy and a bird-scaring ritual takes place.

How about your country?

--
Anton
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Credits to : FatherTime's.net

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