Celebrating New Years Around The World Singing Time Idea

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Is your Primary familiar with New Year’s customs around the world?  Teach them various New Year’s customs with this celebrating New Year’s Around the World singing time idea!  Then associate each custom with a Primary song and action!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Celebrating New Year's Around the World singing time ideas

I came across this idea called Celebrating New Years Around the World on the PML Facebook group and The Friend.  Since New Year’s Eve falls on Sunday this year, it seems totally appropriate! This idea is from 

New Year's Singing Time Printable

For this activity, I recommend a map of some kind:

Camille's Primary Ideas: New Years Around the World Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

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Celebrating New Year's Around the World Singing Time Idea

Hang the map on the board. Explain that Heavenly Father’s children around the world celebrate the New Year differently!
 
Point to each country, quickly reading each country’s custom so more singing is done than talking ;).
 
  • DENMARK: In Denmark, kids save broken dishes all year to smash on their friends’ doorstep for good luck. “Do As I’m Doing” page 276 and pretend to be breaking dishes
  • ENGLAND 1: Families clean their house to get a “clean slate” for the New Year. Give each child (or a class) a wipe and they clean their own chair while we sang Saturday p. 196 
  • ENGLAND 2:  When they hear the church bells ring they open the doors to let good luck in. Our Door Is Always Open p. 254
  • IRELAND: People believe that they will have good luck all year long if their first visitor is a tall man with dark hair. Get a tall dark male to knock on the door then sing We Welcome You Today To Primary p. 256 (1st half only).
  • ITALY and FRANCE: People give each other gifts for New Years. One of the best gifts we can give people is to be kind and be their friend. We Are Different p. 263 verses 1 and 3
  • BELGIUM: Kids sneak all of the keys to the house and then, on New Year’s the kids lock the adult out of the room and won’t let them back in until they get a gift. Do As I’m Doing p. 276. Pretend to lock doors.
  • ZIMBABWE: People like to come together with friends and family and eat and laugh and have fun! I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus p. 78
  • GERMANY: There is an old tradition that on New Years, people try to live that day like they want to live each day of the new year. I like to think of it as being the BEST you can be! When I Am Baptized p. 102
  • SPAIN: In Spain, for each stroke of midnight, people eat 12 grapes! Count in Spanish: uno, dos, tres etc to twelve (bring grapes if you like!). We love to speak other languages and so does Heavenly Father! Children All Over The World p. 16
  • JAPAN: They give money to the kids. In this custom, parents give a decorated envelope to the children. The amount of the money, which the Japanese offer to the children, depends upon the age of the children. Bring pennies and have the kids place a penny in a tithing envelope then sing I Want To Give The Lord My 10th p. 150
  • SOUTH AFRICA: An older custom explains how people used to fire shots in the air at the stroke of midnight and then in some neighborhoods, they would arrange to throw old refrigerators over the balcony! Then the government thought that might be too dangerous so they don’t do that anymore. Keep The Commandments p. 146
  • ESTONIA: Estonians followed a custom of trying to eat seven times on New Year’s Day, to ensure abundant food in the coming year.  For Health and Strength p. 21
  • UNITED STATES: People like to kiss the person next to them, like moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, uncles and aunts etc. Daddy’s Homecoming p. 210

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony that no matter where you live around the world, or celebrate the New Year, Heavenly Father loves you!

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5 thoughts on “Celebrating New Years Around The World Singing Time Idea”

  1. Thank you, Camille! I found your website a few weeks ago and keep coming back. You have made such a difference for me in my calling as Chorister, I no longer feel constantly overwhelmed!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! We did this today and it was so much fun! I made flags and stuck magnets on the back of them so that I could have helpers come and choose a flag and we put it up on the map. If you want, I could email it to you and you could share it. If not, no biggie. Thanks again!!

  3. First, thank you Camille for all you do. I was just called a few months ago. Shortly after, I found your blog and you have been such a blessing. We used this activity yesterday and the kids absolutely loved it. Thank you!

  4. First, thank you Camille for all you do. I was just called a few months ago. Shortly after, I found your blog and you have been such a blessing. We used this activity yesterday and the kids absolutely loved it. Thank you!

  5. Hi Amy!

    I'd LOVE to share the flags you created…Thank you! Will you contact me via the "Contact Me!" form on the right? Then we can connect that way. I'd leave my email address here but then I get hit with spam.

    Thanks again!

    ~Camille

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