The History of New Year’s Eve
By Emma Lombard
Ever wanted to know how we came to celebrate New Year’s Eve like we do? Whether you’re a staunch traditionalist who loves the idea of setting new goals, or whether you’re just curious about the history, there is something undeniably attractive about wiping the slate clean and being given the chance to have a fresh start each New Year.
Have you ever made a New Year's Resolution?
If the holiday season is catching up on you a bit and you don’t want to dive into a deep read, here’s a wonderfully informative and engaging 13-minute video that discusses the history of this tradition.
If digging into some more juicy detail is more your style, here are some fabulous resources on the History of New Year and the reason behind some of the crazy traditions we keep.
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How January 1 became New Year’s Day. Did you know that we have Julius Caesar to thank for this?
Starting with the earliest recorded New Year’s festivities from 4000 years ago in Babylon. As with most ancient traditions, they have their roots in some sort of harvest or astrological origins.
An interesting insight into some of the foods traditionally eaten on this holiday. And let’s not forget good old champagne—created, as most good things, by pure accident back in the 17th century.
A lovely look into some of the New Year’s traditions from around the world, including Auld Lang Syne and the Times Square Ball Drop.
The mid 19th century Germanic origins of ringing in the US New Year with a kiss.
With the New Year just around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity to think of some resolutions! Try and stick to a realistic goal that is achievable, that way, you’ll have far more success at sticking to it and accomplishing it.
Make yourself a list of mini goals that you can tick off as the year goes past.
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So, what are you planning for your 2020 New Year’s resolutions? Tell us below in the comments.