Updated December 31st, 2018
American New Year Traditions:
The Countdown on New Year's Eve
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!"
The party actually begins on New Years Eve (the night before New Years Day) but it continues until whenever people want to go home and sleep. For most people, that means drinking Champagne and dancing or celebrating on one fashion or another, like playing games.
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, bubbly beverages available).
The Actual 1st Day of the New Year
In the USA, men sleep until noon and spend the rest of the day watching American football 'bowl' games on TV. It's a national holiday, so no one goes to work. I don't know what women do.
New Year's Traditions Around the World
(This obviously is NOT a comprehensive list.
And, it is a work in progress. If you'd like to add to it, please contact me.)
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