New Year Traditions and Customs

New Year Traditions

New Year Festival has a long history and people through millennia have been celebrating New Year with pomp, revelry and gusto. In early civilisations, the spring season, bringing fresh green look to the earth, was taken as a new beginning.

The New Year festivities are a continuation of the Christmas celebrations. This is holiday season and elaborate plans are made to greet the New Year.

The Romans fixed the beginning of the New Year as January 1st and enjoyed the occasion with noisy revelry, drinking orgies and fights. The Jews accepted the New Year as a chance to better oneself and atone for one’s misdeeds of the past year. The coronation of William the Conqueror was on January 1st and in England, since then, that day has been celebrated with auspicious fervour.

In India the New Year is welcomed with lavish parties and merrymaking with family and friends on New Year’s Eve. The party goes on well into the New Year.  Traditionally however, the lunar New Year falls in the months of March and April. On this auspicious occasion, people decorate their homes, visit temples to pray for a prosperous and happy future, and make special dishes at home.

In the western countries like the USA, the UK and European countries, the revellers gather at public places and at the stroke of the hour, people shout with joy and toast the New Year. Things are dropped and picked up at the chime of the hour. Firework displays have added to the thrill of New Year celebrations.

New Year Resolutions are made and people go about their lives with replenished energy and hope.

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