Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year 2011

by Judie Haynes

Join the 2011 New Year's Eve celebrations in Scotland, Philadelphia, Japan, and New York City. Teach your students about some of these unique celebrations.

Whether your students celebrate the New Year on January 1st or not, they will enjoy learning about different celebrations to bring in the New Year. Have students see when New Year's Eve is celebrated in each time zone at time and date.com.

Diverse New Year Celebrations

Hogmanay in Scotland

Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year, is celebrated on the 31st of December every year. In large cities, such as Glasgow and Edinburgh, it has become a big festival. For a view of 1000 Pipers gathered at Edinburgh castle and piping their way down to Holyrood palace, go to Homnanay.com and click video of "1000 Pipers."

Celebrations start in the early evening, and when the bells of Big Ben chime at the turn of midnight, there is a lot of kissing and everyone sings Auld Lang Syne.

In more remote parts of Scotland "firstfooting,"and Scottish dances, or ceilidhs, take place. For centuries, torch light processions have played an important part in the Hogmanay celebrations.

New Year's Day in Philadelphia, PA: The Mummer's Parade

One of the most unusual New Year's celebrations in the United States is the Mummer's Parade in Philadelphia on January 1st. Featuring elaborate costumes that rival those in Mardi Gras parades, comedy, and string bands, this parade is truly unique. Information about the parade can be found at a href="http//:www. mummers.com/"> Mummers.com

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