Every year on December 31st, people around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year. It’s a day to say “goodbye” to the old and “hello” to the new.
Also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day, New Year’s Eve is one of the year’s most exciting holidays. Some countries, such as the Philippines and Latvia, celebrate New Year’s Eve as a public holiday. In Japan, it’s a government holiday. In other countries, many businesses let their employees off of work early so that they can partake in the many festivities.
There are many reasons this day is one of the year’s biggest nights. New Year’s Eve can be a significant turning point in your life, not just because it’s a time of big parties and celebrations worldwide. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and all of the lessons you have learned. It can be a time when you decide to start making better choices. New Year’s Eve offers relief if you have had a rough year. You can be thankful that the year is finally over.
New Year’s is also a time to forgive mistakes and form new habits. Many people make New Year’s resolutions. Although, only 8% of people accomplish them. Instead of making resolutions you won’t keep anyway, it’s better to set three or four goals. Breaking down goals into actionable steps and reviewing your progress daily helps you keep them. Finding a friend or mentor who can hold you accountable is also a good idea.
HOW TO OBSERVE NEW YEAR’S EVE
Counting down the last hours and seconds of the old year is an excellent time to reflect on the year and reminisce with friends and family.
Many cities throughout the world go all-out to celebrate this exciting night. Fireworks, concerts, countdowns, and ball drops are usually among the many festivities. Some of the best cities to celebrate include New York City, Sydney, Bangkok, Dubai, Cape Town, London, and Las Vegas.
In Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, eating 12 grapes during the countdown to midnight is a tradition, symbolizing hopes for the new year. Around the world, eating anything in the form of a circle or ring symbolizes coming full circle and is considered good luck.
As a Christian observance, holding an evening Mass the night before a Holy Day is traditional. New Year’s Day in the Roman Catholic Church honors the Virgin Mary. In some countries, St. Sylvester, Pope of the Catholic Church from 314 to 335, is celebrated on New Year’s Eve.
Other ways to participate:
- Host a party to ring in the New Year
- Set some achievable goals
- If you can’t be at a celebration, watch one live on television
- Have a game night with your family and see who lasts until midnight
- Go for a midnight run
- Attend a concert that goes past midnight
- Go ice skating at a nearby park or indoor rink
- Kiss your spouse or significant other at midnight
- Enjoy a quiet evening at home journaling
- Think about what you can do to make next year the best one of your life
No matter what you decide to do to ring in the New Year, share it on social media with a picture and #NewYearsEve.
NEW YEAR’S EVE HISTORY
The first New Year’s celebrations were thought to be held in ancient Mesopotamia. Because of the calendar, these celebrations took place in March. Ringing in the New Year consisted of an 11-day festival. The New Year began in January when the calendar switched from the lunar year to the solar year. This occurred in 46. B.C., when an astronomer convinced Julius Caesar to follow the solar year. Since then, the coming New Year has been a cause for celebration. Through the years, many New Year’s traditions have formed. Some of these include fireworks, parties, and singing “Auld Lang Syne.”………[read more]
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