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Hisayo Tinsley, Japan, ESOL Writing II

My favorite holiday in my country is Japanese New Year. Japanese New Year has fascinating traditions, delicious food, and exciting festivities. Children’s favorite custom is Otoshidama. It is when kids receive money in decorated envelopes from their families. When I was a child, I couldn’t wait for the New Year. Every New Year, Japanese people eat mochi because it symbolizes health and longevity.

Mochi is made of sticky rice. Japanese New Year celebrations are held at shrines. People come to shrines all night long to pray and drink sacred sake. Also, people like to play games and eat at food stalls. Recently, I haven’t celebrated Japanese New Year, but I hope I can do it again soon. I treasure Japanese New Year very much.