New Year’s Lesson & Craft
New Year's Day
is the first day of the year. This day used to be a day of religious feast, but since the 1900s has become anoccasion to celebrate the night of December 31, called New Year's Eve. It is also customary to make New Year'sresolutions, which individuals hope to fulfill in the coming year. Some popular resolutions are to get in shape, learnsomething new, do something adventurous that you have never done before and save money.
New Year's Day Celebrations
Polar Bear Plunges: People gather on beaches and run into the cold and sometimes freezing water.
In Pasadena, California, the Tournament of Roses is held- a parade of floats all decorated with flowers.
Hindus celebrate the New Year by paying respects to their parents and other elders.
New Year's Eve Celebrations
In Sydney, Australia, they have the world's largest fireworks displays
In New York City, the huge Times Square Ball located high above Times Square is lowered starting at 11:59:00p.m., or the last minute of the year, and reaches the bottom of its tower at the stroke of midnight with fireworks &flashing lights.
In the Philippines, people light fireworks, loud firecrackers, booming sound system, bamboo canons as well asmake a lot of noise with the belief that the noises would scare evil spirits away and prevent them from bringing badluck to the coming new year. Coins are also jumbled in tin cans to make noise with the belief that this will bringthem more money. Children are encouraged to jump about as there was an old belief that this was supposed tomake you taller.
It is popular to kiss loved ones on New Year's Eve.
New Year’s Resolution Art Activity
What you'll need:
Plain paper or construction paper
White craft glue or glue stick
How to make it:
Across the top write “I RESOLVE” with a crayon of your c
Choose your resolution and write it below the title (i.e. “to keep my room clean”)
Draw a colorful picture depicting your resolution below the words.