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Hi everybody!
Do you know how German people celebrate New Year's Day? In this lesson, you'll learn some important phrases about German New Year's and some valuable cultural tips.
In German, New Year's Day is called
Neujahr
[slowly] Neujahr
Some people go for outings with their family or friends. Some of them meet for a New Year’s stroll, called Neujahrsbummel, or for a cosy brunch, or even just coffee and cake. People living in different regions of Germany prepare different types of local delicacies, and will come together to eat them.
On Neujahr, or New Year's Day, we greet each ohter by saying Frohes neues Jahr!.
(slow) Frohes neues Jahr!
It means "Happy New Year!"
On the other hand, when you meet a group of people on New Year's day, you can say...
Frohes neues Jahr an euch alle!
(slow) Frohes neues Jahr an euch alle!
It means “Happy New Year to all of you!”
German people also celebrate the holiday with special events and customs. The most popular one is...
Neujahrsskispringen
(slow) Neujahrsskispringen
It's a "New Year Ski Jumping."
You can't talk about German New Year without talking about the New Year's Ski Jumping competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in ski jumping. It has been held for the past 60 years in the area called Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The second stage of the Four Hills Tournament, it is located in the state of Bavaria in southern Germany.--
On this special day, German people eat Glücksbringer.
(slow) Glücksbringer
It's a "lucky charm."
Many people in Germany give good-luck charms to each other as gifts on New Year’s. These gifts are often hidden inside sweets made of marzipan. Popular charms are the lucky pig, the chimney sweep, the four-leaf clover, the horseshoe, lucky pennies or 1 cent coins, and the ladybug.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the expression and repeat after me.
“New Year's Day.”
Neujahr
*beep
Neujahr
“Happy New Year!”
Frohes neues Jahr!
*beep
Frohes neues Jahr!
“New Year Ski Jumping.”
Neujahrsskispringen
*beep
Neujahrsskispringen
“lucky charm.”
Glücksbringer
*beep
Glücksbringer
Well done! [pause]
You just learned how German people celebrate "New Year's Day" and some important facts about the holiday.
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I’ll see you next time. Bis bald.

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