How and Why Do We Celebrate New Year ? - Traditions and Celebrations Around The World

New Year-The beginning!

It is the start or advent of a new year for those people who follow the Gregorian calendar. According to this calendar it is celebrated on January 1st every year. It marks the end of one year & the beginning of the next year & is the day on which the year count is incremented.

It all started with the Roman calendar if, we were to probe into the brief history on how the new year came to be celebrated on January 1st. According to the Roman calendar, New Year was on March 1st. Later the government was formed under Julius Caesar where the calendar got transformed into the Julian calendar in 47 BC, then later modified by Augustus Caesar in 8 BC & finally it got the form of the present calendar in the year 1582 & the modification was under Pope Gregory XIII. With western culture becoming popular throughout the world, January 1st became the most popular day to celebrate New Year.

The whole range of celebration of the New Year's Day basically stems from the various ways ancient societies used to greet the new harvest seasons. It was their customs to drape themselves with new clothes, replace the old interiors and households. Symbolically, New Year signifies a renewal of life. Hence, the spirit of celebration for the regeneration, while discarding the old and worn out. The customs and practices, though modified through the centuries, have still their distinctive strains in the ways we welcome each onrushing year.

There are number of ways in which people celebrate New Year around the world:

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Midnight Mass

In Christian faith there will be a midnight mass where all would gather in their best of spirits & pray for a wonderful & prosperous new year & thank God for the year gone by.

It is also common that people take many New Year resolutions & try their best to mend their bad habits & start anew. People would also send New Year greeting cards to their relatives & friends who are not nearby.

Gatherings & Parties: The New Year Bash!

The practice of visiting friends & relatives are usually common everywhere. Everyone used to have a gala time during such celebrations. There would be the usual party atmosphere. Then at exact midnight, the lights would be dimmed & a candle would be lit. A minute of prayer takes place. Then there could be the cake cutting which symbolizes a happy & prosperous year ahead. Then everyone one would wish each other a very happy new year & the party continues.

The youngsters i.e. the youths & teenagers might get together in pubs & have a booze bash & dance away the night.

Mid-night Cacophony & Parades

Some places also follow this tradition wherein they make deafening noise to drive away the evil spirits who flocked to the living at this climactic season with a great wailing of horns and shouts and beating of drums. This is why at the stroke of midnight we hear the deafening cacophony of sirens, car horns, boat whistles, party horns, church bells, drums, pots and pans - anything that serves the purpose of producing a devil chasing din.

There are spectacular parades conducted like the Roses parade in Pasadena, Mummer’s parade of Philadelphia etc.

London Fireworks on New Year's Day - New Year Live - BBC One

Luck in the New Year

It is traditionally thought that the first day of the year is symptomatic of the approaching 364 days. Accordingly, people try to spend the first day of the New Year in the best possible way in the company of family and friends. It was once believed to be a good omen if a tall dark-haired man visits your house on New Year's Day.

Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring good luck. In many cultures, it is a predominant belief that anything in the shape of a ring brings luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. It is primarily for this reason that the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day brings good fortune. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Consuming cabbage is also considered a potential harbinger of good luck. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.

Finally to conclude let me end with some quotes;

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right!

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Princessa 7 years ago from France

In Peru it was lentils that we used to have at the stroke of midnight. My family also had chinese noodles for abundance and of course we had the Spanish tradition of the 12 grapes, and amuzing way to receive the new year with a full mouth :)

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Trsmd 7 years ago from India

In India.. it may be eat, drink enjoy with friends and meet accident on the way..

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Anath 7 years ago

I am a very superticious for New Year and I like to spend it the best way I can as I think that whatever happens on New Year's eve and the first day of the year will have a big influence in the next 364 days.

By the way, for me it is always a good omen "if a tall handsome dark-haired man" comes to see me ;-)

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Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

Great hub, In the South you have definitely must have the black-eyed peas and collard greens. Many believe in eating the hog chitterlings/chitlins, but I just never could develop a taste for them. Thanks for sharing your insight!

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Kevin Peter 7 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Ah, Princessa - How wonderful that would be!

multi-cultural Great !!!

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Kevin Peter 7 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Trsmd -I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub!

Drink and drive? Go straight to Jail or Hell!

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Kevin Peter 7 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Anath - Some New Year Superstitions tips for you ....Do not let money, jewelry, precious stones or other valuable things leave your home and Do not pay loans and bills or lend things to anybody on New Year eve .

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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love the New Year's tradition of going outside and yelling and banging on pots and pans. Most years are pretty quiet around here and I almost feel foolish, all of us standing out there in the cold screaming our heads off. But it's fun anyway. Good hub!

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Kevin Peter 7 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Dolores Monet - thanks for leaving a comment!

ken merrilou 6 years ago

i very love new year coz it is my sister's birthday and i and my family spend more time in new year...and it is really fun...

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Kevin Peter 6 years ago from Global Citizen Author

New year is the time to celebrate !!! enjoy and give heartily welcome to 2011

adriana e. 5 years ago

i cant wait till this new year i love it!

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michael 5 years ago

I am so happy for new year

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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Thanks for leaving a comment on my hub.

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Mark Li 13 months ago

I like Chinese new year. Anyway, I'm Chinese

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