What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
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It has been a very exciting 365 days here in Clay-land, starting with a memory from Christmas 2006 and a very brief summary of 2007. 2008 shows all signs of being just as delightful..Spamalot, new CD to look forward to, and who knows what surprises he will have in store for us.
December 2006-photo by Scrpkym
SRHP tour summer 2007 - photo by Fivegoldens
New Year World Customs
January 1 is traditionally a religious time, but since the 1900's, it has become an occasion for celebration.
People all over the world celebrate this time of the year and follow different customs.
In Canada many people gather on New Year's Eve and see this day as a time for family reunion and to have a great feast. Some spend a good deal of them eating at home.
In Spain the Spanish ritual on New Year's Eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure twelve happy months in the coming year.
In Mexico some people, especially women, wear red meaning they hope to find love in the next year. here are also people who take out their suitcases and walk around the block, meaning they wish they could travel in the upcoming year.
In Oshogatsu, Japan, at midnight on De. 31, Buddhist temples strike their gongs 108 times, in an effort to expel 108 types of human weaknesses.
In Netherlands the Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees on the street and launch fireworks. The fires are meant to purge the old and welcome of the new.
In Brazil, most New Year's Eve customs are related to good luck or fortune. Most people wear white clothes on New Year's Eve to bring good luck and peace for the year that will follow.
In United States one of the most well known traditions is the dropping of the New Year's ball in Times Square, New York City, at 11:50 P.M. Thousands gather to watch the ball make it's one-minute descent, arriving exactly at midnight.
Christmas in the Heartland, 2007 - photo by Invisible926
Christmas in the Heartland 2007 - photo by Invisible926
Clay and Sasha - Celebrities on Ice
December 2007 - UNICEF Ambassador Clay in Mexico
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