How did you spend the Newyear’s day? In Japan, we usually eat tosikosisoba,osech and ozone. Then we visit toshrine to wish New Year’s health, happiness. It is called hatumoude In Japan. Do Japan and other countries have different cultureof the New Year? Therefore I researched about how people in the world spendtheir New Year. First,I want to introduce foods which are eaten the New Year from every country inthe world. Chris Lane notes that in Spain, asthe bell strikes 12 times to midnight, people should eat a grape each time itrings and the custom is thought to bring the celebrant prosperity and goodfortune in the coming year, and some people believe it also wards off evilspirits (“8 Strange New Year’s Traditions From Around theWorld”86).
And Hoppin’ John is atraditional New Year’s food in the American South. Amanda Kludt wrote that itis a dish of pork-flavored field peas or black-eyed peas are symbolizing coinsand rice, frequently served with collards or other cooked greens and cornbreadand the dish is said to bring good luck in the new year (“They eat what? New Year’s food traditions around the world”12). Both of them eat foods that brings good luck. Second,I want to introduce events around the world which celebrate the New Year like hatumoude in Japan. ” In Denmark, broken glass is meant to bring good luck.which is why peoplesmash their broken or unused china anddrop it onto a friend’s front step, to bring them good fortune in the new year”(Joanna Fantozzi 67).
In Scotland New Year’s Hogmanay fire festivals is held.Before midnight a parade of trained professionals swing balls of fire overtheir head and then throw them into the sea. Mizuta 2JoannaFantozzinotes that the tradition datesback over 100 years, and many peoplebelieve it’s based on a pre-Christian ritual meant to purify and ward offevil spirits (“How people celebrate NewYear’s Eve in 20 countries around the world” 11). I surprise brokenglass is thought bring luck because it is seems bad luck for me.I understand that it is different how tospend the New Year in the world. I want to spend New Year’s Day in Spainbecause I like grapes. There are many different cultures each countries buteveryone wishes New Year’s health, happiness.