New Year's Eve

31 December is New Year’s Eve. Image: Pixabay

It’s New Year’s Eve – time to end the year right

It’s New Year’s Eve, so let’s take a look at the history of the holiday and some good luck traditions from around the world

New Year's Eve

31 December is New Year’s Eve. Image: Pixabay

New Year’s Eve is celebrated on 31 December, this is the day when we reflect on the year that has passed and celebrate the coming of the new year.

History of new years eve

The Gregorian calendar year ends on 31 December, which is also known as New Year’s Eve.  

The majority of the ancient world used a variety of various calendaring systems to keep track of time before the Gregorian calendar became the accepted global standard.

Pope Gregory XIII authorized the introduction of the Gregorian calendar by the Vatican in Rome in October 1582.

The ancient Roman calendar, which was based on the lunar cycle of the earth’s moon, was supplanted by the Gregorian calendar, which is based on the solar year.

On the advice of Greek astronomer and mathematician Sosigenes of Alexandria, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar instituted the Gregorian calendar during his rule in the year 44 B.C.

It is a modified version of the Julian calendar.

A few days had to be dropped in order to make the change from a lunar cycle calendar to a solar year calendar on 4 October 1582.

Pope Gregory so designated 15 October 1582, to be the day following 5 October 1582.

The pope also ruled that each year would officially begin on 1 January rather than 1 April as had been the practice under the old lunar calendar system on 4 October 1582, along with the installation of a new calendar.

This choice was made in response to an old festival honoring the Roman god Janus, who was the god of beginnings and doors, despite having no genuine astronomical basis.

On a new calendar, January 1 looked like a wonderful day to start fresh.

New Year’s Eve traditions to bring you good luck

Many people have their own traditions to bring them luck on New Year’s Eve/ Day.

Here are a few popular traditions from around the world:

  • Keep your money hidden away – This is done to have more money in the new year
  • Turn on the oven and turn on some music – Locals believe that if you prepare some black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, your dreams will come true. Add some parang, a sort of folk music performed throughout the holidays as a good luck charm.
  • Wave goodbye to bad luck – Brazilians think that if you want to increase your chances of success the following year, you should be caught at midnight nowhere else except in the ocean, jumping seven waves.
  • Take a suitcase and some grapes with you – People in some nations, like Venezuela and Bolivia, think that eating precisely 12 grapes at midnight brings good luck. Another tip for individuals who long to travel in the upcoming year is to drag a suitcase around the home or down the street to visit several different places.

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