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In the United States, New Year's Eve is a time for entertaining.

Many people go to parties and masquerade balls, where, according to an old tradition, guests unmask at midnight.

Thousands of Americans gather in Times Square in the heart of New York City, This is probably the noisiest and the most crowded New Year's Eve celebration in the world!

At one minute before midnight, a lighted ball drops slowly from the top of a pole on one of the buildings. People count down at the same time as the ball drops. When it reaches the bottom, bells ring, sirens sound, firecrackers explode, people hug and kiss, and shout "Happy New Year!" Everyone drinks a toast to the New Year and sings "Auld Lang Syne"

It is believed that everything done or not done on the opening day of the year would influence the succeeding twelve months.

Nothing is allowed to be taken out of the house on New Year's Day. Thus, normally generous people would flatly refuse to lend anything on this day.


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В Соединенных Штатах канун Нового года — время развлечений.

Много людей идут на вечеринки и балы-маскарады, где, согласно старой традиции, гости в полночь снимают маски.

Тысячи американцев собираются на Тайм-сквер в сердце Нью-Йорка. Это, вероятно, самое шумное и самое многолюдное празднование кануна Нового года в мире!

За минуту до полуночи с крыши одного из зданий медленно опускается светящийся шар. Пока шар опускается, люди ведут обратный отсчет. Когда он достигает земли, звонят колокольчики, воют сирены, взрываются фейерверки, люди обнимаются и целуются с криками «С Новым Годом!» Все выпивают тост за Новый год и поют «Доброе старое время».

Считается, что все сделанное или не сделанное в первый день года влияет на последующие двенадцать месяцев.

На Новый год ничего не разрешается выносить из дома. Таким образом, обычно щедрые люди категорически отказываются занять что-нибудь в этот день.


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