Every country in the world celebrates the New Year
but not everyone does it the same way.
The countries of the America and Europe welcome the New Year on January first.
This practice began with the Romans. Julius Caesar,a Roman ruler,
changed the date of the New Year
from the first day of March to the first day of January.
In the Middle East, the New Year is when spring begins.
People in China celebrate it on Spring Festival,
which is the first day of their calendar based on the moon.
The Spring Festival usually comes between January 21 and February 19.
Rosh Hashana,which is the Jewish New Year,comes at the end of summer.
The Hindus in India celebrate the first day of each season,
so they have four New Years.
In all of these cultures, there is a practice of making noise.
People made noise in ancient times
to drive away the evil spirits from the home.
Many people did it and still do it with fireworks.
people go from house to house making noise with drums and bamboo sticks.
Young people in Denmark
throw broken pieces of jars or pots against the sides of friends' houses.
In the United States many people stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve
to watch the clock pass from one year to the next.
Friends often gather together at a party on New Year's Eve,
and when the New Year comes,
all ring bells,blow horns and whistles, sing and kiss each other.