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With New Year’s coming-up (at least in the calendar that many of us use), I thought a “The Best…” list would be in order (You might also be interested in The Best Ways To Help Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Succeed).
This list, though, will highlight other New Year celebrations in addition to the one traditionally celebrated in the Gregorian calendar.
Please feel free to offer any suggestions you have. You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Chinese New Year .
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations (and that are accessible to English Language Learners):
How about learning the famous New Year’s song that everyone sings but most don’t know what it means? I’m talking, of course, about Auld Lang Syne. Students can listen, read the words, and repeat them at this ManyThings website for English Language Learners.
New Year’s Celebrations From Around The World comes from “Topics” magazine, an online resource specifically for English Language Learners.
EL Civics has a very accessible New Year’s Lesson.
Fact Monster has good material at History Of The New Year.
Here’s an interactive map where you can also learn about New Year’s celebrations around the world.
The New York Times has a slideshow on the famous New Year’s celebration at TImes Square.
How Rosh Hashanah Works might be a little challenging for ELL’s, but it has great information that could be modified for classroom use. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.
BBC Schools has some good information on Rosh Hashanah.
Send a New Year’s greeting from American Greetings. You can post links to student-created cards on teacher/student webpages.
I’m also adding Chinese New Year Resources From Topmarks, which has a number of accessible materials available.
Chinese New Year is the simple title of a variety of listening exercises from ELLO.
Ushering In The Year Of The Ox is a slideshow from Radio Free Asia.
Apples 4 The Teacher has a nice interactive that students can use to learn what animal is influencing their life because of the year you were born.
EL Civics has developed a Chinese New Year Lesson specifically for English Language Learners.
The Boston Globe’s Big Picture has a great group of photos on Chinese New Year: Welcoming The Ox.
TIME Magazine also has a Chinese New Year slideshow.
CBBC Newsround has images of people celebrating the New Year all around the world.
Here are some classroom materials from Lanternfish.
I’m adding Brainpop’s New Year’s Movie to this list. You usually need a paid subscription in order to view Brainpop movies, but you can also get a free trial. However, when I just checked out their New Year’s movie, it was available for free-of-charge.
The Sydney Morning Herald has several slideshows about their local New Year’s celebration.
Ringing In The New Year is a great slideshow from MSNBC showing New Year celebrations from around the world.
The New York Times has an intriguing slideshow about different New Year’s “rituals” from throughout the world. The newspaper also has another slideshow highlighting celebrations, and another one focusing on Times Square.
Cleaning Up After The Party is a New York Times slideshow on…cleaning-up after the Times Square New Year’s Celebration.
The Sydney Morning Herald also has a similar slideshow.
I’ve gathered some materials about “Watch Night” that I’m adding to this list. Watch Night is particularly celebrated in African-American churches and commemorates when many African-Americans gathered to pray that President Abraham Lincoln would carry out his promise to sign the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.
Here is a newspaper article that gives some background on the midnight prayer services (you probably have to modify portions to make them more accessible to English Language Learners), and a slideshow from the New York Times.
See great images at Around the World: 27 Fabulous New Year’s Eve Fireworks!
Ringing In 2010, Around the World is a slideshow from the New York Times.
CNN has several videos of New Year Celebrations around the world.
Welcoming 2010 is from the Big Picture.
ESL Holiday Lessons has an English Lesson Plan on Islamic New Year.
ESL Holiday Lessons has a New Year’s lesson for English Language Learners.
A New Year rolls in is a series of pictures from The Big Picture.
New Year’s Eve Activities for Pre-Entry Learners and Beginners comes from ESOL Courses.
Ringing In 2011, Around the Globe is a NY Times slideshow.
Lucky Foods for the New Year is a useful article.
Ring in 2012, Around the World is a New York Times slideshow.
World welcomes 2012 with cheers, celebrations is from CNN.
The Atlantic has a nice photo gallery of people welcoming in 2012.
ESL Holiday Lessons has a lesson on the Islamic New Year.
10 global New Year’s eats is from CNN.
36 Bizarre Things Ceremonially Dropped on New Year’s Eve is from Mental Floss.
New Year’s Eve 2012 Celebrations Kick Off is a photo gallery from TIME.
ZingChart has a pretty interesting New Year’s interactive.
Google has set-up a map where people can contribute their New Year’s resolutions. It uses Google Translate so you can see what people are saying all over the world.
Happy New Year, world is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Thanks to Google Maps Mania for both of these tips.
How the World Celebrates New Year’s Eve is a slideshow from TIME.