(12/18/2017)

New Year’s Day is the first day of the Gregorian calendar, which is widely used in many countries such as the USA. Many celebrate its arrival on New Year’s Eve with fireworks and parties. Special songs are sung to welcome the new year, including the ever-popular “Auld Lang Syne” in many English-speaking countries. In the United States, the most iconic New Year’s tradition is the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. Children and adults enjoy celebrating with New Year’s Eve horns and hats!

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The start of New Year’s Day is at midnight. On New Year’s Day, many celebrate with families, parties and special events. Many adults have the day off to celebrate. Towns and cities, celebrate with parades and special football games.

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The birth of the first baby in the New Year is often celebrated with gifts. A few are even celebrated in local newspapers and on local news shows. People often make New Year’s resolutions that are usually promises to themselves to improve something in their own lives. The practice of making resolutions for the new year is thought to have first caught on among the ancient Babylonians, who made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot. To celebrate the holiday there are many books to read about the special day.

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