Welcome back to everyone and we hope you a restful and enjoyable holiday. Many of our students took the opportunity to return to their home countries while others got to experience the London celebrations and firework display for the first time.
In the UK people usually meet up with family and friends to reflect on the past year and look forward to the one ahead. At midnight when everyone is gathered together the sound of Big Ben chiming will be played (or heard if you’re lucky enough to be close by) and people will drink and sing the traditional song Auld Lang Syne to say goodbye to the previous year.
We asked some of our students whether they celebrate New Year’s Eve too and what they do in their countries. Here are a couple we’d like to share:
New Year’s is not regarded as a holiday in Morocco. However, Moroccans couldn’t possibly welcome the new year without a small celebration. On this joyous and exciting day, some families prefer to gather over a nice home-cooked meal and end the day with a sweet and delicious cake. Others prefer to go out with their friends and party all night. Most schools also organise a party for their students so that they could have a great time with each other and begin the new year together.
New Year’s Eve in Morocco is mainly an occasion which people perceive as an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and have a fun day as, religiously speaking, it is not part of the Islamic Calendar.
In Mexico we celebrate New Year’s Eve in Zocalo (central plaza of Mexico city), we have fireworks, music (manachi) and a lot of delicious food that you can buy on the street. It’s very common that we also have traditional dancers wearing very colourful costumes. All these shows are free and the whole family can enjoy them.
When the bells start ringing we take 12 grapes and each time the bell rings we eat one and make a wish for the new year. So this night is all about being grateful for the last year and hopeful for the year to come.