New Year celebration worldwide

Tet holiday – the most important celebration with our Vietnamese is coming. Let us see how our friends worldwide celebrate their New Year, starting with Thailand, Brunei, Japan and Nigeria – four countries which currently contribute biggest number of students on FPT University’s campus.The Thai Songkran festival The Songkran festival is the traditional Thai New Year's Day and celebrated from 13 April to 15 April, usually falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. This is the time when Thais show their respect to the Buddha, clean the house, and throw water in the elderly to pay homage. During the festival, many parades, beauty pageant was held. In addition, they also cook traditional dishes and wear colorful costumes.[caption id="attachment_17606" align="alignnone" width="1200"]x2 Water Day – Songkran Festival organized by FPT University’s Thai students on campus[/caption]The most typical activity in the Songkran was water festival. On this day, people splash water on others to be lucky. Thais thinks that the much more water you are splashed on, the luckier you will be.Songkran festival is also the time for people to visit and bless the Thai elders, including family members, friends and neighbor. In addition to water festival, Thais also go to the temple to pray and dedicate food for the monks.A popular activity on this occasion was cleaning the images of Buddha. Using the 'blessed' water that cleaned the images to soak other people is seen as a way of paying respect, bring good fortune and luck in the New Year.Hari Raya festival in BruneiHari Raya festival ends the Ramadan fasting month in the Islamic kingdom of Brunei. During the fasting month, the Muslims do not eat, do not drink anything from the sun rises until the sun sets. This is the redemption period for their sins. And the holy month of Ramadan ends with the Hari Raya festival as the celebration for the success of the fasting month.The time of Hari Raya is not fixed in the year, it is decided by a panel of Idul Fitri according to the Gregorian calendar, usually 11 days late every year.[caption id="attachment_17607" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Muslim mosque in Brunei Muslim mosque in Brunei[/caption]The palace is open within two days: the first day to welcome the members of the government, the 2nd day to welcome people and tourists. This is a unique opportunity to subjects in Brunei and tourists to visit the Royal Palace Istana Nurul Iman - the world's largest palace, to shake hands, receive a gift from the King and members of the Royal.Usually, gift is a bar of Sultan chocolate with the Royal seal. According to the concept of the people here, whoever receive gifts and shake the King and Queen’s hands will be lucky throughout the year. Men will meet King Hassanal Bolkiah and the Prince, women meet the Queen and the royal princess. In addition, the people and visitors are also treated to a lavish buffet in the palace.Shogatsu- Japanese New YearJapanese New Year celebration is called Shogatsu. Although Shogatsu means January, it is celebrated for the first 3 days or the first week of January. These days are considered the most important holidays for the Japanese. One could equate it with the celebration of Christmas in the west. During this time business and schools close for one to two weeks. It is also a time for people to return to their families, the Japanese decorate their houses, but before the decorations start to be put up a general house cleaning is done. The most common New Year's decorations are pine and bamboo, sacred straw festoons, and oval shaped rice cakes.On New Year's Eve, bells (joya no kane) are rung at the local temples to speed out the old year. The New Year is welcomed in by the eating of year-crossing noodles (toshikoshi-soba). Casual western style clothing is replaced with kimono on New Year’s day as people go for their first temple or shrine visit of the New Year (hatsumoude). At the temples they pray for health and happiness in the coming year. The reading New Year's cards (nengajou) and the giving of gifts (otoshidama) to young children are also a part of the New Year celebrations.[caption id="attachment_17608" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Japanese food in shogatsu Japanese food in shogatsu[/caption]In terms of food, Osechi-ryori are special dishes eaten on the first three days of the New Year. Grilled and vinegary dishes are served in multi-layered lacquered boxes (juubako). There are some regional differences but the osechi dishes are basically the same nationwide. Each of the food types in the boxes represents a wish for the future. Sea Bream (tai) is "auspicious" (medetai). Herring roe (kazunoko) is "the prosperity of one's descendants". Sea tangle roll (kobumaki) is "Happiness" (yorokobu).New year in NigeriaNew Year's Day, which is celebrated in Nigeria in accordance to Georgian calendar, i.e. on January 1st, during the time of New Year, one can clearly draw a precise picture of the rich heritage, culture, customs, and tradition of the country. The New Year celebrations largely influenced by the blend of cultures, and their further drawn customs and traditions, offer a matchless experience.x5Apart from the traditional celebrations, the standard New Year celebrations are also hosted by the country in the form of number of big, bigger, and biggest parties in various pubs, discotheques, night clubs, etc. People from all age group, irrespective of their age and background mutually drink, eat, dance, and celebrate all night, and as soon as the midnight arrives at twelve, everyone should out loud with cheer and grandeur.Everyone cherishes the special moment, and raises a hope to be more optimistic and better human beings in the coming time. Also, vows are taken by everyone to forget rivalries, turn foes into friends, and give a new buoyant start to life. Also, it is also the time when people irrespective of the fact that if they are in a party, in their house, or on the street, offer prayers to the supreme lord, to confer them with peace, prosperity, and growth in the coming year. It is followed by exchanging of wishes with friends, families, and all those present around. Usually, people love to shop and dine during the time of New Year.(Theo Cóc Đọc số 69)