In the Jewish Faith the New Year falls either in September or October, the date this year is Sept 12th. The reason for the changing date is that the Hebrew Calendar is based both on the moon and solar cycles, similar to the Chinese calendar. The Greeting most commonly used among British Jews, is "Happy New Year, and Well Over The Fast", reminding us of the upcoming fast on the "Day of Atonement".
When I taught EFL, this was an exellent opportunity to learn about other cultures and their traditions, and of course can be used to teach various vocabulary topics, most obviously the calendar, but it does lend itself to other topics too.
If you are interested in finding out more about The Jewish New Year and Other Jewish Festivals take a look at this presentation. Available also for download as a ppt. at http://www.conceptwizard.com/new-year/new-year.html
For information about New Year Celebrations Around the World take a look Here, I am sure there are many other sites available.
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