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Happy New Year!

US & Canadian New Year Traditions:
Tradiciones Estadounidenses en Ano Nuevo 

The Countdown
La Cuenta Regresiva

Ten seconds before the New Year officially begins, everyone counts down together from ten to zero.  After that, everyone hugs (and maybe kisses) somebody next to them and shouts, "Happy New Year!"


Diez segundos antes de que el nuevo ano comienze oficialmente, todos cuentan regresivamente desde diez hasta cero.  Despues de eso, todos abrazan (y de repente besan) a la persona que este cerca y gritan, "Feliz Ano Nuevo!"  

The Song
La Cancion


Everyone sings "Auld Lange Syne," a traditional new year song. 
Click here.


Todos cantan "Auld Lange Syne," una cancion tradicional de Ano Nuevo.  Si quiere ver la letra, haga click aqui.  

The Party
La Fiesta

The party actually begins on New Years Eve (the night before New Years Day) but it continues until dawn.  For most people, that means drinking Champagne and dancing.


La fiesta comienza en la vispera del Ano Nuevo (la noche anterior al Ano Nuevo) pero continua hasta el amanecer.  Para la mayoria de la gente, esto significa beber champana y bailar.

The Food
La Comida

There are no special, traditional foods.  Usually there are a lot of snacks at the party.  There is a traditional drink:  champagne (unless one doesn't imbibe, in which case, there are non-alcoholic champagnes available).


No hay una comida especial.  Usualmente hay bocadillos en la fiesta.  Hay una bebida tradicional: Champana (a menos que alguien no beba alcohol, en ese caso, existen champanas sin alcohol). 

The Day After
El Dia Siguiente

US and Canadian men sleep until noon and spend the rest of the day watching American football 'bowl' games on TV.  I don't know what women do.  They probably sit around complaining about their husbands or boyfriends.


Los hombres Norteamericanos (exceptuando Mexico) duermen hasta mediodia y pasan el resto del dia mirando futbol americano en la television.  Yo no se que es lo que hacen las mujeres.  Probablemente ellas se sientan por ahi quejandose de sus maridos o enamorados.