New Years Eve and the New Years Day
New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, is on December 31 which is the seventh day of the Christmas season. New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the New Year where the celebrations generally go on past midnight into New Year's Day, January 1.
The New Year's Day also called simply New Year, is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern calendars. In the present day, most countries use the Gregorian calendar as their ‘de facto’ calendar which means New Year's Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday, starting at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone.
New Year's Day global traditions include making New Year's resolutions and calling one's friends and family, hanging out, having a BBQ and just having fun to mark the going into New Years a happy day, hoping our rest of the 356 days to be happy too. It’s that positive mindset at the start, just like when people say that a positive thought at the start of the day can make your whole day better!
The celebrations and activities held worldwide on January 1 as part of New Year's Day commonly include the following:
- American football: In the United States, January 1 is the traditional date for many post-season college football bowl games, which are usually accompanied by parades and other activities to celebrate the events
- Football: In England, a full-fixture programme is usually played throughout the Premier League
- Ice hockey, most famously the Winter Classic in the United States, a National Hockey League game that is played outdoors
- Entertainment - usually enjoyed from the comfort of home
- Family time
- Local Walks
- Traditional meals
- Church services
- An annual dip in ice-cold water by hearty individuals, most famously by members of the Polar Bear Club
- Southern United States traditional New Years Day menu includes ham, blackeyed peas or Hoppin' John, cabbage, sweet potatoes, and cornbread.
- There is horse racing at Cheltenham.
What Do People Do?
New Year’s Day celebrations vary widely across different cultures. Some children receive gifts on New Year’s Day in some countries. The day is off and we have the chance to sleep in and spend the remainder of the day either attending church services, visiting friends or relatives, going to the movies, staying in, or watching or playing a sport. Feasting on traditional New Year’s food is also a widespread practice but dishes vary across cultures.
Fireworks have become ever so increasingly common. The whole world sees the beautiful buildings of the most internationally recognized countries – like #London, #Dubai, #France, #New #York with fireworks looking incredible. There are some good luck rituals practiced.
Resolutions are there to give us the pretense of control over the future. Everywhere, New Year's is a moment to consider our weaknesses and how we might reduce the vulnerabilities they pose—and to do something about the scary powerlessness that comes from thinking about the unsettling unknown of what lies ahead.
It’s beautiful that people note this unique passage of one day into the next, with so many plans and ideas. It’s become a really special day in the lives of young teenagers and the youth of this world.
So, how do you reassure yourself about what the future has in store for you? The inescapable reality that you will someday die? Ain’t nobody got time for Dat! Pass the donuts, the chicken, light the fireworks, and raise a glass to toast: "To survival!" and learn to live. Really live.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!