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New Years Eve

Chinese New Year
Where: Worldwide
When: Begins the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar and ends on the 15th
Chinese New Year is celebrated by Chinese communities all around the world over a period of 15 days that ends with the Lantern Festival. The celebrations are marked by dragon dances, fireworks, the giving of red envelopes, family meals and visits to friends and relatives.

Losar, Tibetan New Year
Where: Tibetan communities
When: Varies depending on the lunar cycle, often around Chinese New Year
Losar is celebrated for 15 days by Tibetan communities on a date that often coincides with Chinese New Year. Tibetans usually celebrate for three days with prayers, feasts and plenty of Tibetan beer. In preparation for Losar monasteries do a puja for protection and people make noodles known as guthuk and dough balls that have a hidden ingredient supposed to reflect one’s character (eg. chillies means they are talkative). On the last day of the year people clean up and prepare for the New Year. Prayers, dances and food are shared for luck in the coming year.

Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Where: Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
When: December 31
Head to Sydney Harbour as close to the Harbour Bridge as possible, for a fireworks show to herald in the New Year in style. More than one million regularly head out to watch the display. Bring a chair, picnic and your own bottle of champers!

Tsagaan Tsar
Where: Mongolia
When: January or February
The Mongolian New Year festival takes place about the same time as the Chines New Year and is held in the very throes of winter. Around this period Mongolians will visit friends and family to exchange gifts, eat plenty of buuz (dumplings) and drink enormous quantities of airag (fermented milk) - a drink that has a rather potent effect and influences the celebrations no end!

Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)
Where: Thailand
When: From April 13 for 3-10 days
The Thai New Year is celebrated with water, which is quite ideal given the hot time of year. Everyone gets a good soaking, tourists and locals alike, and there’s much fun and laughter everywhere. The length of the festival depends on where it is celebrated. Songkran is also known as a Public Spring Cleaning Day, and so old and useless items are thrown away because it is believed they will bring bad luck to the owner.

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