New Year’s Eve:
Celebrated annually on the 31st of December, the New Year’s eve is an occasion to bid adieu to the current year and get ready to welcome the New Year.
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Why New Year’s eve?
New Year does not just mark the need to change your calendar or a holiday, it is much more than that. On the 31st of December every year, we bid goodbye to the current year and get ready to welcome the New Year, with hopes and goodwill in our hearts. It is a day that marks an end to the old and a welcome to the new in all parts of our lives. While New Year is a celebration of a new beginning, New Year’s eve is a celebration of all memories created over the year, a celebration of our times with the family and friends.
Each day of our life brings in exciting turns and we make memories every day. The New Year’s eve is a day when we look back at all these memories and reminisce on our good days with friends and family. The New Year’s eve is also celebrated as Saint Sylvester’s Day or Old Year’s Day, the reason for the latter is quite obvious. Many countries have the New Year eve as a holiday while others generally leave work early on that day to spend with their loved ones and to get ready for the New Year’s the next day.
New Year Eve is a time to look back on your past mistakes and learn from them. It is also a time to reflect on your choices over the past year and to make corrections where it is necessary. And for those who have not had a good year, it is a time to be relieved that the year is now over and the upcoming year will be a fresh start. It is a day to forgive and forget the bad memories and think of the good times as we move into the New Year.
How can we celebrate New Year’s eve?
New Year’s eve is the time to look back on the memories you have created the previous year, reminisce them with your loved ones. As New Year is a celebration across the world, as per the Gregorian calendar, the New Year’s eve is also celebrated with equal fervor. Here we have some tips and pointers on how you can make the New Year’s eve more interesting and exciting for the coming year.
- Fireworks are part of the New Year’s Eve celebration all around the world. People generally gather around to enjoy fireworks as they light up the sky before the New Year. Cities like Cape Town, Dubai, Bangkok, London, Las Vegas, Sydney, and New York City are some which have the best fireworks on the play. You can gather around with your family and friends on New Year’s eve and enjoy watching these fireworks as they brighten up the sky. There are countries where everyone lights up fireworks on New Year Eve like India. Depending on the country you are in, you can have your celebration with fireworks.
- If you are a movie buff then you can use this day to binge-watch some of the best movies of your choice with your closed ones. You can have a movie marathon or play fun games involving movies with your loved ones all night long, as you step into the New Year. The movies can be of any genre, depending on your preferences. But do make sure to watch movies that will make you feel good and make you laugh. There is also plenty of movie-related games that you can play with your family and friends. You can look up online for ideas on what you can play with your friends.
- There are plenty of parties conducted across cities by leading hotels, organizations, and more on the event of New Year Eve. You can be part of these celebrations with your friends and loved ones and dance all night long, leaving your worries on the side, immersing yourself in the fun, and welcome the New Year with happiness. On the other hand, you can also organize your own New Year party with all your close dear and near ones at a place of your choice. You can organize fun games, songs to sing along and dance along as you welcome the New Year together. Make sure to take some awesome photos and tag them with #NewYear’sEve on your social media to show everyone how you are celebrating the upcoming year.
- When we speak of New Year, the first word that comes to our mind is “resolution”. It is that time of the year to think of the objectives you want to set for the next year. Do remember to set goals that can be achieved so that you can feel a sense of fulfillment the next New Year Eve. Also on this New Year Eve, you can look back at your goals set last year and how far you have come in fulfilling your objectives. Also make sure that your resolutions are not just about fitness and discipline but are also a gateway for you to enjoy life more, like a trip to a distant location. And do remember to share your resolutions with everyone using a #NewYear’sEve on your social media post. You might be inspiring others to make resolutions with just this simple move.
- If you are a fitness or sports fan, then you can choose to take a midnight run around New Year as you watch the celebrations unfold across your place. Do the run with your loved ones and it would be even more memorable. Spread the word on social media and you would be surprised by the number of people who want to join hands with you on the run.
No matter what you do, remember to enjoy to your fullest on both the New Year Eve and New Year, and do share your experiences with others using the tag #NewYear’sEve on your post.
Interesting facts about New Year Eve:
New Year and New Year’s eve are days celebrated by almost everyone across the world. On this New Year eve, let us know more about the New Year, how it is celebrated across the globe and how the celebrations have evolved over the years and many other interesting facts.
- New Year that we currently celebrate is based on the solar calendar or the Gregorian calendar. However, the New Year in the early times was celebrated in the month of March on equinox marking the new beginning of spring.
- The New Year is celebrated on different days in different traditions. For instance, the Chinese New Year follows the Lunar calendar and falls between the months of January and February. There are Indian New Year celebrations which fall either in the months of March or April depending on the tradition followed by each region. There are in fact more than 10 cultures that have a separate New Year celebration day other than January 1.
- Not just the New Year celebrations but even the tradition of taking resolutions on the New Year can be credited back to the Babylonians. They made resolutions or promises to the Gods to get their favor and to enjoy the New Year on a fresh page with only good luck on their sides.
- In a way to represent the hope for the upcoming year, the countries like Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries have a tradition of eating 12 grapes when the countdown for midnight begins.
- In New York City’s Times Square, a giant ball dropping event at the toll of midnight is conducted every year on New Year Eve. This has been in celebration since 1907. The ball initially used was about 700 pounds made of iron and wood and has now evolved to a bright sphere with patterns measuring about 12000 pounds and a diameter of nearly 12ft. What is even more massive is the fact that more than a million people gather in person to watch the ball dropping event. The ball is covered with nearly 32000 LED lights and features more than 2600 crystals on it.
- There have been different items dropped at different American cities and towns similar to the New York Ball dropping event. For instance, pickles are dropped in Dillsburg of Pennsylvania while possums are dropped in Georgia’s Tallapoosa on New Year’s eve.
- The New Year, in ancient times, which was celebrated in March was a celebration that lasted for a period of 11 years welcoming the New Year.
- It was Julius Caesar who shifted to the solar year and named the first month of the New Year as January after the Roman God Janus. God has two faces facing opposite directions, which is a symbolic representation of looking back at the past and looking forward to the future.
- There is a strong belief that traditions and habits that you form on New Year tend to follow through the entire year, which is also the reason why people try to do good and better things on the New Year.
- The famous New Year song, “Auld Lang Syne” which is traditionally sung in all the New Year’s Eve parties was written by Robert Burns. It is a song to remember the loved ones in your life, wherever they are. Even today, many English-speaking countries have this song played on the New Year’s Eve and New Year.
- Philadelphia has a Mummers parade featuring nearly 10000 participants who walk through the City Hall in different costumes. The parade has its history dating back to the 17th century and has elements from various cultures including Swedish, English, German and Irish among other European countries. The parade has fancy bridges, string bands, fancy division, wench brigades, and comic division.
- New Year Eve is also a celebrated day among car thieves as statistics show that it is the day when most cars are stolen, no matter how old or modern the cars are.
- There is a belief that eating greens on a New Year will keep you healthy for the year and eating peas and beans will bring prosperity. This is probably why many people consume black-eyed peas on the first of January.
- As the earth revolves, the island nations on Pacific, Samoa, Tonga, and Kiribati are the first to welcome New Year with the dawn breaking there first. And American Samoa will be the last to welcome New Year.
- When it comes to fireworks on New Year Day, Sydney definitely tops the list with nearly 80000 fireworks set off on the arrival of New Year. The fireworks are set off from the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge.
- It is considered auspicious to celebrate New Year’s eve and the next day with your loved ones as it would bring in luck for the entire year. It is the time to keep your friends closer and your foes away. Enjoy the New Year by letting go of all your worries.
History of New Year Eve:
The New Year has been a celebration that has been in existence for more than four millennia. The festivities start as early as Christmas, with the biggest bang happening on the 31st of December on the eve of the New Year. While there is no specific record of when the celebration of New Year Eve was established, we do have records of festivities dating back to the Babylonian days. Of course in the early ages, the date was not always the 31st of December. It happened in the month of March initially which was based on the lunar year. However, when the calendar shifted to the solar year, the celebration shifted to the month of January for the New Year and December for the New Year’s eve. No matter the reason or the day it is celebrated, it marks the end of a year and a new beginning.