In with the new, and as my contribution to this we will be engaging in a variety of New Year traditions from around the world. For example did you know that Buddhists squirt water on each other, strangers included. 4000 years ago the new year was celebrated with the vernal equinox, spring time, as a symbol of new growth and the promise of prosperity. So we will have hoppin john or texas caviar or whatever you want to call them even though black eyed peas for luck dates back to the Pharaohs, and 12 grapes and noodles for longevity and candles to welcome the light for my Scandinavian friends, babies for new year started in Greece in 600 bc so we will have a baby symbol, we will eat fruits in honor of my Tamil friends, we will wait till April for my Sri Lankan and Punjab friends, we will eat some challah and fish, we will celebrate Diwali when it rolls around in the fall, we will laugh for Oshogatsu, we wont forget about Yuan Tan later in the month with a lot of loud noises and on and on and on.
How New Year is said around the world
Arabic: Kul 'aam u antum salimoun
Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo means "Good Parties and Happy New Year"
Chinese: Chu Shen Tan
Czechoslavakia: Scastny Novy Rok
Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar
Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French: Bonne Annee
German: Prosit Neujahr
Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos
Hebrew: L'Shannah Tovah Tikatevu
Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak
Irish (Gaelic): Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian: Buon Capodanno
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
Norwegian: Godt Nytt År!
Philippines In tagalog: Manigong Bagong Taon
Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo
Russian: S Novim Godom
Serbo-Croatian: Scecna nova godina
Spanish: Feliz Ano Neuvo
Prospero Ano Nuevo
Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Vietnamese: Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan
Any traditions you want to share I am open and I will incorporate what I can, as much as I can. This will NOT be my final post before the new year but tomorrows post will most likely be very simple. Eat something special and be aware of why!