Reflective Essay on Holiday Traditions

By: Noopura Krishna

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Celebrating New Year and Christmas in My Family

New Year’s celebration takes place all over the world with great fun and enthusiasm.  Earlier, New Year was celebrated on 1st March as a Roman calendar contained only 10 months. However, in the Gregorian calendar, there are 12 months, and the new year is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the year that is January.

Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December

And after that people eagerly wait for the night of 31st December. As the clock chimes 12, people across the globe welcome the new year with great enthusiasm and joy. It is the time people take a moment to reflect over the year gone by, recollecting all the good and bad memories as they welcome the new year.  People have big celebrations on New Year’s Eve, as they spend this day with their friends and families. Festivity is in the air as the new year celebration goes underway with great passion.

New Year’s Eve

Tthe night of 31st December is a time for people to wait for a brand-new year with a tremendous amount of joy, celebration, and festivities. It is important to remember that different cultures across the world have their unique ways of ushering in the new year. People as per their country, culture, and tradition celebrate the holiday with parties, family get-togethers, or even in a more religious way.  And speaking about India, Indians love to celebrate the new year with friends and family,, exchanging gifts and indulging in fun and festivities, making this fun holiday one of the most unforgettable ones of all the holidays and festivals.

The new year is believed to bring with it hopes of the future for the people, and this is the reason why it is one of the most anticipated events for people belonging to different countries, cultures, and religions. The new year is an occasion to celebrate as it promises a new and fresh beginning where people are encouraged to leave all the bad, sorrowful, and negative experiences behind. It is the time of the year when people pause to reflect upon their lives and make plans for the future. We spend New year with our friends, acquaintances, and family, and this is of the reasons that everyone’s mind is flushed with a wave of positivity and cheerfulness.

It is the time of the year when people make new resolutions as to how they are going to lead their lives, and what changes they will bring about in their habits and routine.  People hope of replacing all the bad experiences with a promising new beginning.  It is a wonderful opportunity for us to start life afresh by giving up our bad habit

In my family we celebrate different holidays. It’s Christmas, Victory Day, Independence Day, and more. I have two favourites: New Year and Christmas. These holidays are very popular in my family and throughout the country. Moreover, they are observed almost at the same time but are still different. However, they are more different than similar, and I will try to explain. Firstly, these holidays have different meanings.

New Year is the main calendar holiday that occurs at the time of transition from the last day of the year to the first day of the next year. Celebrate this holiday on the night of December 31 to January 1. Christmas is one of the largest celebrations celebrated by all Christians. This event is celebrated on January 7th, as it is believed that Jesus Christ was born on that day. Secondly, each of the holidays has its own symbols. Each of the characters has its own special meaning.

The Christmas holiday has four special attributes: a Christmas wreath, a bell, kaladki, and a first guest. For example, kaladki are special songs that are sung at the celebration of Christmas. The New Year’s symbols in Belarus are a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, gifts and New Year’s cards, tangerines, Olivier salad, fireworks, a red five-pointed star, animals from the Chinese horoscope, and champagne. Red five-pointed star made to decorate the top of the tree. There can be no other toys. Thirdly, both holidays are considered family but are celebrated differently. New Year is a great holiday in our country. in the whole country, no one works or learns a day off. It is usually celebrated at home among family members. We decorate our house, put a Christmas tree, buy gifts for each other, prepare a lot of delicious food and clean the house. The incredible smell of tangerines and Christmas trees makes this holiday atmospheric. At twelve o’clock in the morning, we watch the president on TV, which is addressed with traditional congratulatory words. Under the chiming clock, we make wishes for next year and then watch New Year’s concerts, sing karaoke, and play different games. Having fun almost all night.

The next day, friends usually come to wish a happy New Year to all family members. In turn, it is generally accepted that miracles happen at Christmas, and in general wonderful and magical things happen. The culmination of the holiday falls on the evening of January sixth, it is also called Holy Evening. On the evening of January 6, we go to the church with the whole family, and after that, we eat special lean food. Grandma cooks over 13 lean dishes. Lays hay on the table, and a tablecloth on top. Before you start to eat, everyone makes wishes. After all, together with friends, it is customary to dress up and go into each house with the holiday, congratulatory songs, and poems. Very sad, because many traditions are forgotten today. New Year and Christmas is a special time for every Belarusian. Even though both family holidays are more different than the same. However, this does not prevent them from loving equally. Generations change but traditions remain.

By: Noopura Krishna

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