Do you have special food for New Year? Probably in your country, Christmas might be more important and meaningful than New Years. But in Japan, we value more on the latter and the special New Year's food are prepared by mothers or grandmothers every year. The food is called Osechi.
This is the picture of the Osechi which my husband's mother cooked this year. All the family gather at this house on the very first day of the year every year and share all this food together. The interesting thing is that all of each dish has special meanings. Yellowtail has the meaning of success, the Beans means diligent and the Lotus roots means the future for example.
During the New Year's holidays, family gather at their parents' house to celebrate the New year even if they live far.
Many of us visit the shrines or temples and wish for health and many other things. we throw some coins into the boxes in the middle of the house and put hands together then make a wish. Usually people don't tell the others what they wished. because they believe that it wont's come true if they tell it others.