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Hi everyone, I'm Alisha.
New Year's Day is on January 1st in the US. It's almost universally a day off from work, and in the US closed stores, gas stations, and other businesses are common sights come January 1st. It's preceded by some of the largest celebrations in the nation and, weary from being up all night enjoying the parties, Americans tend to take it easy on this day!
The song "Auld Lang Syne" is associated with the New Year celebration in the US. Do you know what this song's title means?
Weโ€™ll show you the answer at the end of this video.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the United States are both regarded as holidays, though only New Year's Day is an official one. The holiday kicks off late on New Year's Eve when people go out to celebrate in style. This holiday is marked by fancy parties and plenty of parades and other events.
Celebrating the New Year across the different time zones that cross the US is a popular tradition with those who like to stay at home. In Times Square in New York, one of the biggest celebrations in the nation is held and this is typically regarded as the "official" New Year party for the entire country, though each time zone "rings" in the New Year with its own celebration.
New Year's resolutions are popular in the United States, though oftentimes in a tongue-in-cheek way. Most of the time, people will resolve to give up a bad habit or adopt a healthy new habit over the course of the new year. It's almost accepted as a matter of course that people will not follow through on these resolutions, however, and it fits well with the tradition of American sarcastic humor.
New Year's Day isn't celebrated on January 1st on all calendars. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, New Year's is usually in February. Depending on the culture and tradition, it can be celebrated on other dates, as well.
Popular resolutions include quitting smoking, losing weight, becoming more ambitious with goals, and getting a better job.
And now here's the answer to the quiz.
Do you know what the song title "Auld Lang Syne" means?
Auld Lang Syne means "the good old days" or "days gone by", depending on the translation. The song is a very old tradition, dating back hundreds of years. The New Year's Day celebrations in the US can easily extend from before midnight on January 1st to well into the afternoon.
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How is New Year’s Day celebrated in your country?

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