I do many things to celebrate the New Year some are family traditions and others are things that I learned from friends. The first thing I do to get ready for the New Year's Eve is to clean because... ... during the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, osoji (“cleaning” is part of the ritual—a Japanese equivalent of “spring cleaning.” This is observed near the end of the year because the Japanese believe this is a good time to “purify” one’s environment—allowing for a fresh start for the coming twelve months. Osoji has its origins in the religious significance of purification. In Japan, a great deal of time is often spent cleaning up houses, shops and offices. I'll post some of the other things I do later... Do you have any special traditions or superstitions that you do for the New Year?