November 15, 2012
Compare and Contrast
New Year Eve in Different Countries
Wouldn't it be fun to travel around the world and celebrate the New Year all year long? All over the
world, people celebrate the New Year; This is one of the oldest of all holidays. Most New Year
celebrations focus on family and friends, food and traditions, but not all of the celebrations take place
on the same day or in the same way! Because people in different parts of the world use different
calendars, accordingly, Mexico and Ukraine celebrate the New Year on the first day of January,
whereas Vietnam keeps a lunar calendar.
In Mexico and Ukraine official date of New Year celebrations is from December thirty-first to
January first. Vietnamese New Year takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar
calendar, and it's around late January or early February, until at least the third day.
New Year Eve is a time for families and friends to be together. And while it has its traditions, this
holiday is not so family-oriented in Mexico. A lot of people in Mexico are going to the beach and
looking for a good time. On the other hand, for Ukrainian and Vietnamese people, it is a time for
family reunions, they waiting for relatives to return home and gather around the table.
Whether you celebrate with family or friends, New Year's Eve dinner is usually a feast. The glasses
are filled with champagne in every home, and that makes Mexico, Ukraine, and Vietnam look alike,
however, the traditional New Year's Eve food in Mexico, Ukraine, and Vietnam is different. In Mexico
roast turkey or stuffed pork loin with pasta in a creamy sauce and a salad are favorites, whereas, fried
sausages, cabbage rolls, jellied meats, vareniki, holubtsi and borsch are favorites in Ukraine. In
Vietnam a special rice pudding with mung beans and pork, sweet beef, chicken, fish, and...
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