This Is The Real Story Behind New Year’s Eve, And New Year’s Day. How They Became Holidays.
It’s time to start thinking about all your New Year’s traditions and make plans. If that is the case, fun games and decorations will be need.
What Is The New Year?
The New Year is a complex concept. There are many ways to define “year”, so it is important to identify which one you’re referring to when you celebrate New Year. Some people base the year on the sun while others use the lunar calendar to count the years.
In the United States, the Gregorian calendar has been use. It is based upon the solar years. One solar year is how long it takes for the Earth’s orbit around the sun to complete.
New Year’s Eve Is Consider A Holiday.
The official federal holiday for New Year’s Eve does not fall on Dec. 31. This will make your Celebrations more fun.
Is New Year’s Day A Federal Holiday?
January 1, is America’s first federal holiday. Congress established New Year’s Day by passing a law in 1870.
History of New Year’s Day
It has been a tradition for millennia to celebrate the start of a new year. It is celebrate in most countries on January 1.
But that was not the end. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII changed the Julian calendar to create the Gregorian Calendar. This is the one most people use today. 1 was reinstitute to be New Year’s Day.
What Traditions Are There For The New Year?
The United States celebrates New Year’s Eve with a big party.
The Chinese invented fireworks to celebrate the new year.
People try and eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds on New Year’s Eve. Don’t choke!
The Swiss spread whipped cream on their floor to encourage wealth and prosperity for the new year.
The “first feeter”, or the person who enters your home on New Year’s Day is considere to be an indicator of the year ahead. Tradition has it that someone taller and more darkened brings luck.
Yellow is thought to be a color that represents love and happiness. Colombians always wear new underwear in the new year to make sure they have both. The Italians use unmentionables in red, but follow a similar pattern. Argentinians wear pink pants when they ring in new year.
Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times to symbolise each “human sin” and encourage people to make better decisions for next year.
Russians are well-known for their ability to plunge into the freezing cold in just one day.
Couples are known to kiss at night. A kiss can predict the future of a relationship.