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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 27, 2003 - Issue 103


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Happy New Year!!!

It's Another New Year... ...but for what reason?
"Happy New Year!" That greeting will be said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a new year gets under way. But the day celebrated as New Year's Day in modern America was not always January 1.

Times Square 2004 New Year’s Eve Celebration
Times Square 2004 will be a spectacular event, full of sights, sounds and special effects, featuring the New Year’s Eve Ball, designed by Waterford Crystal, that descends the flagpole atop One Times Square at midnight. Although the first Times Square New Year's Eve celebration was held in 1904, since 1907 -- the year of the first Ball Lowering celebration -- the tradition of the Ball Lowering in Times Square has become a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year.

Celebrate! Holidays In The U.S.A. - New Year's Day
The beginning of the new year has been welcomed on different dates throughout history. Great Britain and its colonies in America adopted the Gregorian calender in 1752, in which January 1st was restored as New Year's Day. Ways of celebrating differ as well, according to customs and religions of the world. People in Moslem societies, for example, celebrate the new year by wearing new clothes. Southeast Asians release birds and turtles to assure themselves good luck in the twelve months ahead. Jewish people consider the day holy, and hold a religious ceremony at a meal with special foods. Hindus of India leave shrines next to their beds, so they can see beautiful objects at the start of the new year. Japanese prepare rice cakes at a social event the week before the new year.

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Enchanted Learning Software's - New Year's Crafts
These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow.

Holiday Fun: - New Year's Day
New Year's Day is on January 1st. There are 4 days until New Year's Day.
Looking for some holiday fun? We have lots of things for you to do!

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.

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