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    celebrate (the) New Year

    Hello,

    Is "the" optional to talk about new year as a holiday?

    How are you goining to celebrate the New Year? (sentence from a dictionary)
    Ask students how they celebrate New Year (from the BBC site)

    Thank you.

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    Re: celebrate (the) New Year

    If we are talking specifically about the time leading up to, and following, midnight on 31 December, then I think it's more normal without the article.

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    Re: celebrate (the) New Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    Is "the" optional to talk about new year as a holiday?

    How are you goining to celebrate the New Year? (sentence from a dictionary)
    Ask students how they celebrate New Year (from the BBC site)
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    "the" would indicate the upcoming 365 day period. With no "the", I would tend to say "New Years", which implies "New Year's Eve", refering to the celebration the night before. I don't know if this is common to all AmE.

    e.g.
    What are you doing for New Year's? (What party are you going to?)
    What are you doing for the new year? (What are your long term plans?)

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    Re: celebrate (the) New Year

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    "the" would indicate the upcoming 365 day period.
    I would agree with you generally, though I think that the word 'celebrate' in the original sentence makes this reading unlikely here.
    With no "the", I would tend to say "New Years", which implies "New Year's Eve", refering to the celebration the night before. I don't know if this is common to all AmE.
    I have heard this from many Americans. When I first heard it, it sounded very strange to me, a speaker of BrE.

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    Re: celebrate (the) New Year

    It's taken me ages but I've finally got it sorted in my head that in BrE it's "New Year" and in AmE, it's "New Years". I've never worked out why we have the difference although Bob's post saying that it specifically refers to New Year's Eve might be a pointer. Although if I ask someone what they're doing for New Year, I generally want to know where they will be on the evening of 31st December, I think I am subconsciously referring to midnight, which to me is offically "New Year".

    I would probably say:

    What are you doing for New Year?
    What are you doing on New Year's Eve?

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