NEW YEAR’S EVE
Every year on December 31st, people around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year. It’s a day to say “goodbye” to the old and “hello” to the new.
Also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day, New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. In some countries, such as the Philippines and Latvia, New Year’s Eve is a public holiday. In Japan, it’s a government holiday. In other countries, many businesses let their employees off of work early so that they can partake in the many festivities.
There are many reasons this day is one of the biggest nights of the year. Not just because it’s a time of big parties and celebrations all around the world. New Year’s Eve can be a significant turning point in your life. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and all of the lessons you have learned. It can be a time you decide to start making better choices. If you have had a rough year, New Year’s Eve offers a feeling of relief. You can be thankful that the year is finally over
New Year’s is also a time to forgive past mistakes and form new habits. Many people make New Year’s resolutions. Although, only 8% of people actually accomplish them. Instead of making resolutions that you’re not going to keep anyway, it’s better to set three or four goals. Breaking down goals into actionable steps, and reviewing your progress daily helps to keep them. It’s also a good idea to find a friend or mentor that can hold you accountable.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NewYearsEve
As we count down the last hours and seconds of the old year, it is an excellent time to look back at the year and reminisce with friends and family.
Many cities throughout the world go all-out to celebrate this exciting night. Fireworks, concerts, countdowns, and ball drops are usually among the many festivities. Some of the best cities to celebrate include New York City, Sydney, Bangkok, Dubai, Cape Town, London, and Las Vegas.
In Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, it is a tradition to eat 12 grapes during the countdown to midnight, symbolizing hopes for the new year. Around the world, eating anything in the form of a circle or ring symbolizes coming full circle and is considered good luck.
As a Christian observance, it is traditional to hold an evening Mass the night before a Holy Day. New Year’s Day in the Roman Catholic Church honors the Virgin Mary. In some countries, St. Sylvester, Pope of the Catholic Church from 314 to 335, is celebrated on New Year’s Eve.
Other ways to participate:
- Host a party to ring in the New Year
- Set some achievable goals
- If you can’t be at a celebration, watch one live on television
- Have a game night with your family and see who lasts until midnight
- Go for a midnight run
- Attend a concert that goes past midnight
- Go ice-skating at a nearby park or indoor rink
- Kiss your spouse or significant other at midnight
- Enjoy a quiet evening at home journaling
- Think about what you can do to make next year the best one of your life
No matter what you decide to do to ring in the New Year, share it on social media with a picture and #NewYearsEve.
NEW YEAR’S EVE HISTORY
The first New Year’s celebrations were thought to be held in ancient Mesopotamia. Because of the calendar at the time, these celebrations took place in March. Ringing in the New Year consisted of an 11-day festival. When the calendar switched from the lunar year to the solar year, the New Year began in January. This occurred in 46. B.C., when an astronomer convinced Julius Caesar to follow the solar year. It seems that since way back then, the coming New Year has been cause for celebration. Through the years, many New Year’s traditions have formed. Some of which include fireworks, parties, and singing “Auld Lang Syne.”
MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAY
Each year, Make Up Your Mind Day on December 31st encourages us to quit wavering, to take a side, and follow through with a decision and stick to it.
As New Year’s resolutions go, this may be the day to decide which ones to declare. The day may be used to determine other decisions as well. Career changes, family decisions, and large purchases often keep us from moving forward. We waver between multiple choices or sometimes a simple yes or no. While some life-altering decisions are made on a whim, most people deliberate and weigh the pros and cons before making these types of decisions.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MakeUpYourMindDay
If a decision has you hesitating, make a decision. This day is the incentive to make a choice. Draw up a list of pros and cons to help you decide. Too many choices? Pare them down by ranking them. Use #MakeUpYourMindDay to post on social media.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this day. As we do, we’re trying to make up our minds about whether to celebrate early in the day or wait. We’ll make our decision before midnight.
UNIVERSAL HOUR OF PEACE
From 11:30 p.m. on December 31st to 12:30 a.m. on January 1st each year, Universal Hour of Peace hopes to take a step toward a war-free world.
The day encourages the promotion of peaceful activities during the hour of observance.
HOW TO OBSERVE #UniversalHourOfPeace
Organizations around the world host events supporting an hour of peace. Some include prayer, music, poetry, or speeches. Gatherings may be large or small, but the effort overall will be to spread the word of peace in every heart and mind regardless of faith.
Several ways to participate include:
- host a prayer circle
- join a candlelight vigil
- meditate or attend a meditation session
- organize an event to discuss drawing us closer to peace
- share resources for promoting harmony in communities
- participate in discussions that bring organizations together to create solutions to issues
- share an experience
- write a poem or story
Use #UniversalHourOfPeace to post on social media.
UNIVERSAL HOUR OF PEACE HISTORY
Dr. Barbara Condron at the School of Metaphysics conceived the first Universal Hour of Peace, and the world celebrated on October 24, 1995. It coincided with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations and the autumnal equinox. The following year it was moved to January 1st at Noon GMT. It is now celebrated from 11:30 p.m. December 31st to 12:30 a.m. January 1st.
NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY
National Champagne Day recognizes the wine that puts the pop in every New Year’s Eve celebration.
Genuine champagne only comes from France’s Champagne region. French law protects where and how it’s made. With some exceptions, only Champagne made according to set specifications and within the French region may label their wines using the term “Champagne.” Other foods and beverages fall under this type of protection in France and other parts of the world.
Champagne, France, is located northeast of Paris and provides ideal temperature and soil to produce the grapes required for Champagne. Only eight varieties of grapes are allowed production in the Champagne region. Primarily, the three grapes used to create Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
Unlike other wines, Champagne ferments in the bottle allowing the vintner to trap the CO2 in the bottle. The bubbles give Champagne its effervescence.
While Champagne can be spendy, if you’re looking for a little pop on New Year’s Eve, there are other varieties of sparkling wine available from Italy, California, and even the South of France. They offer a sparkle that won’t put a fizzle in your pocketbook. Then again, splurging and ringing in the New Year is the perfect opportunity each year to celebrate.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChampagneDay
Pop open a bottle of your favorite champagne. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.) Use #NationalChampagneDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is considering putting a bottle of Champagne in the refrigerator for the day when we discover the origins of this celebratory day.
NO INTERRUPTIONS DAY
No Interruptions Day on the last workday of the year sets aside the day to get organized for the new year by cleaning up your workspace without interruptions.
This is the day set aside for cleaning out emails, tossing long-saved memos, and delegating those tasks that, well, just need to be delegated. Clear out those menial tasks that you dread. Get them finished and cleared off your to-do list.
Everyone’s to-do list is different. The very nature of our job dictates what we consider organized and cleared workspace. One career may be facing new regulations while another looks at all new technology to learn. A day without interruption allows us to focus on big things and small.
However, some people use this day to focus hard on those end-of-year tasks that always seem to slip through the cracks. Often these are the details of work one pushes off until the last minute. And today is that last minute.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NoInterruptionsDay
Turn off the phone, ignore your e-mails, close your door, and enjoy the peace of no interruptions for a full day. You can do this, right? When you have reached that goal, use #NoInterruptionsDay to post on social media and tell the world how successful you were!
NO INTERRUPTIONS DAY HISTORY
We’re busy and have no time for interruptions while researching the origins of this day.
LEAP SECOND TIME ADJUSTMENT DAY
Leap Second Time Adjustment Day is listed as an observance title only. Some years scientists do not make adjustments. But, if they do, then it’s done on either June 30 or December 31.
The majority of the world measures time solely based on a 24 hour day in which each hour contains 60 minutes, and each minute contains 60 seconds. That measurement is much too simple for accurate time measurement.
since about 140 AD, scientists have attempted to break down the hours in the day into a consistent and precise means of measure. Due to the variability of the Earth’s rotation, measurement of the 24 hour day is not an exact science. There is some dispute over the validity of leap second adjustments. Some years scientists do not make adjustments. But, if they do, then it’s done on either June 30 or December 31.
HOW TO OBSERVE #LeapSecondTimeAdjustmentDay
Whether an adjustment is made or not, here are ways to celebrate:
- Watch an episode of Quantum Leap.
- Play the game leapfrog.
- Listen to “Leap of Faith” by Bruce Springsteen.
- Sneak up on someone and see if you can scare them into leaping into the air.
- Leap for joy.
- Watch the moon landing and listen for Neil Armstrong’s famous quote.
- Sing the 12 Days of Christmas and see if you remember which day leaps.
- Take a leap of faith.
Use #LeapSecondTimeAdjustmentDay to post on social media.
LEAP SECOND TIME ADJUSTMENT DAY HISTORY
Scientists first introduced the leap-second system in 1972.
Recipe of the Day
3 Green Olives (optional)
Pour celery salt into 12 ounce glass.
Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into the glass.
Fill glass with ice.
Add the remaining ingredients and ice and stir.
Garnish with speared green olives and a celery stalk (optional). Bacon is a wonderful bonus too!
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