Today, you should… celebrate the New Year around the world


The fastest Mochi maker in Japan averages about three poundings per second, according to Great Big Story, but we’re thinking the kids taking a crack at the Japanese New Year tradition of pounding and mixing sticky rice into the sweet and squishy treat on Saturday may just have an advantage, i.e. little fists of fury.

Join the fun at SteelCraft with host Macaroni Kid, where a handful of New Years celebrations from around the world, including traditional Korean board game, Yut Nori, Flamenco dancing, Chinese Zodiac animal face painting, Zen Garden making and Japanese mochi pounding, will be scheduled throughout the afternoon. (Asia Morris)

Another great thing: If celebrating New Year, again, isn’t quite up your alley, there are so many great happenings going on today there’s absolutely no reason to stay at home. No reason. There’s a nature journaling workshop in the morning at 9 a.m. at Willow Springs Park and later in the day, Long Beach Comic Expo will still be happening at the convention center. Make sure to check out The 7 for all the details.

Giving us a moment’s pause: To be honest, we won’t judge if you stay at home. That actually sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday.

International New Years Celebration runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at SteelCraft; 3768 Long Beach Blvd. For more info, click here.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.