The Red Sea Newsletter Issue 49
29th December 2003

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New Year Traditions Around the World
Taken from Birthday Express

Since people in different parts of the world use different calendars, the New Year is not always celebrated at the same time, nor in the same way. When different cultures created their calendars long ago, some based them on the movement of the moon, while others based them on the position of the sun. Some cultures based their calendar on qualities of both the sun and the moon. As a result, the New Year is celebrated differently around the world.

The Chinese New Year is a lunar holiday that begins with the arrival of the second new moon following the winter solstice. It usually starts between mid-January and mid-February and lasts for 15 days. As the New Year approaches, people clean their home to escape bad luck in the upcoming year. Families gather for a feast on New Year's Eve, and stay up late, believing that it will prolong the lives of their elders. The Chinese people believe that evil spirits come around at New Year, so they let off firecrackers to frighten them away. People often seal their windows and doors with paper to keep the evil spirits out. On New Year's Day, people dress in their best clothes and present one another with small gifts. Chinese people all over the world celebrate the first full moon with a colorful street procession, called the Festival of Lanterns. People fill the streets carrying lanterns and join a great parade led by an enormous dragon. The Festival of Lanterns is believed to light the way for the New Year.

Celebration of the Hindu New Year varies based on geographic location. Most Hindus live in India, but many have different traditions. For example, the Hindus of Gujarat, in western India, celebrate the New Year at the end of October, at the same time as the Indian festival of Diwali. For the Diwali celebration, small oil lights are lit all along the rooftops. In northern India, people wear flowers, commonly in pink, red, purple, or white hues. Hindus in central India display orange flags, flying them from the top of buildings. In southern India, mothers put food, flowers, and small gifts on a special tray. On New Year's morning, children must keep their eyes shut until they have been led to the tray.

Celebration of the Japanese New Year occurs on 1st January, as with Western nations. However, the Japanese people also observe some beliefs from their religion, called Shinto. For happiness and good luck, Japanese people hang a rope of straw across the front of their homes. They believe it keeps the evil spirits away. Japanese people begin to laugh the moment the New Year begins, so they will have good luck the whole year.

The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah, and falls in the seventh month, or Tishri, of the Jewish calendar (September - October). Rosh Hashanah is a holy time when people reflect on the things they have done wrong in the past, so they can improve in the future. Celebration of the New Year begins at sunset the day before, and religious services are held at synagogues in observation. An instrument called a Shofar, made from a ram's horn, is traditionally played and children are given new clothes to celebrate the New Year. In addition, New Year loaves are baked and fruit is eaten to remind people of harvest time.

The Muslim New Year falls eleven days earlier than the previous year because the Muslim calendar is based on the movements of the moon. In Iran, people celebrate the New Year in March. As the New Year approaches, Muslims set grains of wheat or barley in small dishes and sprinkle them with water. When the New Year arrives, the growth of the sprouted grains reminds people of spring and a new year of life.


News

New World Record Set for Deepest Dive

British technical diver Mark Ellyatt is reported to have safely completed a dive to 311m (1026.9 feet) in Thailand. The previous depth record was set by British diver John Bennett, who was the first person to dive below 1,000 feet when he set a 308m record off the Phillipines. Ellyat is reported to have taken 12 minutes to descend, with six hours and forty minutes of decompression. He carried six cylinders of bottom gas and was supplied with a further 24 cylinders by support divers during his decompression stops.


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"Happy New Year" in ...


Arabic Kul Sanah wa inta/inty tayibah
Dutch Gelukkig nieuwjaar
English Happy New Year
French Bonne année
German Gutes Neues Jahr
Italian Buon Capo d'Anno
Russian S Novym Godom
Spanish Feliz Ano Nuevo


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