New Year’s resolutions

Resolutions are goals or ideas that people will often make for themselves, to set a plan for the future.

At the start of a new year, it’s common for many people to make special resolutions for the year ahead, as it gives a fresh new start to life. These are important dreams or goals they hope to fulfil in the coming year.

You can also make resolutions. For example, you can make a resolution to learn a new skill or language, travel more, or simply make some changes to your lifestyle.

If you are going to be celebrating New Year’s Eve in an English speaking country, or simply with English speaking people, you will need to know the relevant vocabulary that is related to this day. This will help you to more effectively communicate as well as being able to better understand the celebrations and conversations that are happening. Here is one list with common New Year’s vocabulary.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

New Year’s Eve is December 31st– this is the day before the next year starts.

New Year’s Day is January 1st– this is the start of a brand new year!

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

Pronounced “old lang sine”, this is the name of a well known song that is sung across the UK and other English speaking countries, when celebrating the New Year. The words might seem a little strange and unfamiliar to you – this is because it’s actually written in a Scottish dialect.

Bagpipes: Traditional Scottish musical instrument that are played a new year celebrations.(noun)
Balloons: Small inflatable decorations for parties.(noun)
Banquet: A large formal meal that many people attend as a party.(noun)
Big Ben: A big clock in London that signals the start of the new year in the UK.(noun)
Buffet: A meal where people select their own food while standing up.(noun)
Calendar: A written record of the days and months in each year.(noun)
Celebration: A happy gathering of people to mark a special occasion.(noun)
Champagne: A white wine with bubbles in it that is drunk a celebrations.(noun)
Clock: A device that measure the passing of time.(noun)
Confetti: Small pieces of colored paper that are thrown in the air during certain celebrations.(noun)
Countdown: To count backwards (from a higher number to a lower one) to the start of a specific event.(verb)
Crowd: A large group of people.(noun)
Custom: A specific action that is always done in the same way and at the same time.(noun)
Dance: To move in time with music.(verb)
Decorations: The items used to make something more beatify or nice to look at.(noun)
Eve: The day before another day on which something happens.(noun)
Family: The group of people that you are related to.(noun)
Fancy dress: The clothes worn at a party were people dress-up as something different.(noun)
Fireworks: A small explosive that produces bright colors that people use a celebrations.(noun)

Gathering:A group of people that come together for the same occasion.(noun)
Gregorian calendar:The most widely used dating system that started in Europe.(noun)
Hangover:The after effects of drinking too much alcohol.(noun)
Hogmanay:The traditional Scottish name for New Year.(noun)
Holiday:A time when you do not need to work.(noun)
Host/hostess:The person who gives and organizes a party.(noun)
Invitation:A request for someone to attend an event or party.(noun)
Invite:To ask someone to attended an event or party.(verb)
Kilt:The traditional Scottish clothing that a piper would wear when playing the bagpipes.(noun)
Lunar New Year:The new year under the Chinese calendar.(noun)
Midnight:The time in the middle of the night when one day ends and another day starts.(noun)
Music:The pleasant sound that people listen to for enjoyment.(noun)
New Year:The time when the last year ends and the next one starts. The 1st of January in the Gregorian calendar.(noun)
New Year’s Day: The first day of the year. The 1st of January in the Gregorian calendar.(noun)
New Year’s Eve: The last day of the year. The 31st of December in the Gregorian calendar.(noun)
Nightclub: A building where people go to dance and drink until very late at night.(noun)
Noisemakers: An item that is used at a celebration to make happy noise.(noun)
Party: A group of people who are celebrating something.(noun)
Piper: A person who plays the bagpipes.(noun)
Public holiday: A day when the whole country does not need to work.(noun)
Resolution: A promise to do something or to change something during the following year.(noun)
Reveler: A person who is attending a party.(noun)
Sale:The act of selling items for a reduced price.(noun)
Songkran: The traditional Thai new year that is celebrated in April.(noun)
Stroke of midnight: The precise moment when a clock goes from 11.59pm to 12.00am.(noun)
Toast: To celebrate an occasion or person by drinking something.(verb)
Tradition: The actions and situations that are always done the same way each year.(noun)
Vow: To promise to do something.(verb)

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