Did you know that people celebrate the New Year differently around the world? Let's explore some of the traditions around the world.
The United States
People in the United States traditionally celebrate the New Year on New Year's Eve. Friends and families gather together and count down to midnight while watching the Crystal ball drop in Times Square (New York) followed by fireworks and singing "Auld Lang Syne," which is an Irish song to say goodbye to the old year.
It is often a tradition to eat certain foods either on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.
Certain food traditions for luck on New Year's Day depends on where their family comes from.
Southerners eat "greens" -- collards, kale, chard -- to improve the chances of gaining "greens" -- money -- during the next 12 months. Along with eating Black Eyed Peas. The peas look like coins and bring good fortune to those who eat them.
Eating golden cornbread might bring good luck, especially if it's made with whole kernels of corn meant to represent gold nuggets.
New Englanders often choose cabbage to go with their pork as a symbol of prosperity.
Food in Other Countries
Germany: traditionally eat pork and sauerkraut.
In Sicily: traditionally eat lasagna.
In Spain, it is common to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight to represent 12 months of good luck in the New Year.
In Sweden and Norway, people serve rice pudding with an almond hidden inside. The person who finds the nut will have a year of good fortune.
In Greece, pomegranates are crushed on Greek doorsteps. The seeds represent the amount of luck the homeowner has.
In Japan, good luck comes by eating long noodles without chewing them.