Let's Celebrate!

November 13, 2017
Fireworks light up the sky in Toronto, Canada.
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People all over the world welcome in the New Year. It is a time for celebration and parties. Here are some traditions from four countries.

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Flower Power

In Brazil, people spend time at the beach. They light candles. They throw white flowers into the sea for good luck.

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A Cold, Wet Start

In Canada, some people take a “polar bear” swim on New Year’s Day. Brrrr! The water is icy cold!

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Lucky Grapes

In Spain and Cuba, people eat 12 grapes at midnight. The grapes are said to mean 12 lucky months ahead.

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Sweet Beginning

In the Netherlands, bakers fry dough balls and shake sugar on them. They are eaten at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

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Where in the world?

Look at the map. Then find the places you have read about.