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New Year traditions

In January, the new year starts. People celebrate differently around the world. Check out these New Year traditions!


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Here in Austria, lots of people dance a waltz at midnight. We also have lucky charms like a pig or a horseshoe. And of course, we have fireworks!

celebrate = feiern
lucky charm = Glücksbringer
horseshoe = Hufeisen

New York, USA

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In New York, many people go to Times Square. A big ball comes down a flagpole at midnight. There are also fireworks and confetti, and people sing “Auld Lang Syne”.

flagpole = Fahnenmast


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In Australia, New Year is in summer. Lots of people celebrate it outdoors, with barbecues or picnics in their garden or at the beach.

barbecue = Grillen


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In Denmark, broken dishes mean good luck. So, people smash plates and cups in front of their friends’ houses.

dishes = Geschirr
smash = zerbrechen


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In Spain, people eat twelve grapes at midnight – one for each month of the year.

grapes = Trauben

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