New Year’s Eve

When is it celebrated?

It is celebrated the Eve of New Year’s Day, December 31st.

Who celebrates it?

It is celebrated worldwide.

Where does it originate from?

Celebrations of the new year date back to ancient Babylon.  It was honored by a huge feast and crowning of a new king. It took place in late March during the vernal equinox, where there is an equal amount of light and dark during the day.  After that, the date continued to fluctuate throughout the years. Finally, in 46 BCE a team of astronomers and mathematicians under the direction of Julius Caesar created the Gregorian calendar.  This is the calendar primarily used around the world today. He also established January 1st as the new year in honor of the Roman god, Janus, the god of new beginnings.

Symbols/Traditions:

  • Watching fireworks
  • Making New Year’s Resolutions
  • Attending festivals and local events
  • Staying up until the New Year
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