New Year Traditions

@thuhuong (828)
United States
February 13, 2010 11:58pm CST
In about 5 minutes all chinese and vietnamese families are planting incense sticks asking for the gods to come forth and bless the coming year of the tiger. This is customary each year as my family makes food and align them on the altar or table. Makes me wonder, how are you celebrating each new year according to your culture and what is tradition for you in preparation? Do you follow what was pass down and for what reason?
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Feb 10
My parents used to have parties with their friends. And my in-laws used to go out dancing. We just stay home and do poppers with the kids and stay up until midnight and have a glass of champagne. No big traditions. If I don't sleep in too late the next day, I usually watch the Tournament of Roses parade too...
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
21 Feb 10
For some reason having a little sleep is always great then the hungry people wakes up and well, time to cook . That's a nice thing to be around family and just enjoy ourselves isn't it? At least for the rest of our lives, there's something to look forward to.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Feb 10
thuhuong well I am an American In the USA and live in CA so we celebrate New Years on New Years eve Dec. 31st and Jan 1st. we usually make a lot of noise at midnight and count down the second. my son and I while still in our old apartment always watched the di@k Clark newyears eve show and the ball coming down in Times Square in New York City, but this past year we have had to separate as my son lost his job and is still inemployed and we were evicted from our apartment so was bad times f or us, I am in this wearysome retirement center, and hes a few miles away in an apartment govsponsored apt with three other guys all looking for jobs. so we spent dec31 together since the bus service on new years day was hopeless. we had a nice party here with carolers and a big feast on dec 31 so it was okay not just what I wou ld have liked but am hoping this year will be much better for us.
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
21 Feb 10
Oh that sounds like lots of fun! As long as you weren't alone, that feeling of being with another on such a big holiday is all the more worthwhile. Despite the year ending in discourage, it all came out for the better. I'm happy for you though that you can smile for the new year.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
14 Feb 10
The new year is cellabrated at different times of year in different cultures. For most of us in the USA it's the first of January and we make it a time to make new promises to ourselves for the coming year.
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
21 Feb 10
Yes, I understand you call these, new year resolutions. I find myself breaking them a lot as I cannot keep through with them for the new year.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Feb 10
My tradition is no where near as rich in culture as your but I do have traditions that were passed down from my family. Each holiday we have here is celebrated in a different way and I am hoping that it is something that my children practice and enjoy woth their own children. To me, it's kind of like keeping the family and memories alive.
@thuhuong (828)
• United States
14 Feb 10
I agree. What's important is how you spend your life remembering those around you and as you mention, you have a tradition that already involves you, your kids and what was given to you from your parents. That's precious and cannot be replaced. Thanks for stopping by Jen! See you soon!