Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Years Eve

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are two fun holidays we celebrate at the end and beginning of every year. New Year's Eve is one of the biggest party days of the year. Home parties are popular, as well as, hotel packages with a dance and a room to sleep it all off. New Year's day is more reserved for family, food, and football. But did you know that New Year’s used to be celebrated in March? Yes, March.

Many, many, years ago, holidays were derived from agricultural or astronomical events. Pagans were fond of the Equinox and Solstice celebrations. When Julius Caesar held reign he decided and conferred with many astronomers and mathematicians about the calendar. He decided to add 90 extra days to realign with the sun.He added January and February to the beginning of the year and July to the middle of the year. This month also just happened to be his birthday.

January was so named to honor Janus the Roman God of new beginnings. The time of year was celebrated with friends and family, gift exchanges, and wild and crazy parties. Most of the time folks were happy the harvest was over and they had enough food for the winter and the spring when they would have another bunch of parties celebrating spring.

Resolutions are a large part of New Year’s day traditions. They actually began with the Babylonians They would make promises to the gods to pay off debts or to return things borrowed in order to start the new year off on the right foot. Hopefully, for them, they stuck to their resolutions better than most people. I personally have only had one I was able to stick with and that was not to make any.

All around the world, this holiday is celebrated with different foods and events. For instance, the ball drop that happens in New York is watched all around the globe. Eating circular cakes or other pastries are symbols of coming full circle, and a lot of people eat black-eyed peas for good luck. Did you know pork is a symbol of prosperity and progress and therefor is good luck to eat on New Year’s Day? Whatever your tradition is we hope you enjoy and be as safe as possible. Happy New Year!!!!!!

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