Despite the numerous cultural and religious differences among countries, one universally common occurrence is the transition from one year to the next. Although cultures commemorate the event in varying ways, the New Year is generally a time to honor the past and prepare for a hopeful future. ""Western and Chinese New Year's Celebrations"" focuses on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - the two-day public holiday that is probably the most widely celebrated holiday in the world - and Chinese New Year, which is celebrated by more than 1 billion people every year. Unique New Year's traditions and customs can also be found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and Oceania.
Elizabeth A. Dice has been a writer, editor, and project manager for more than 25 years, working in educational publishing for 10 of those years. She has also taught English, Spanish, ESL, graphic design, and calligraphy. Dice received a B.A. in English from Smith College and an M.A. in English from Michigan State University.