New Year’s Eve is a magical and much-awaited holiday around the world! There is so much hustle and bustle about it: we buy gifts, decorate houses, serve festive meals, sing songs, and have fun with our families. Traditions have existed in every family for a long time and are faithfully observed.
Everyone eagerly awaits the holiday, but not everyone thinks about why it is celebrated on this day. December 31 marks the end of the year according to the Gregorian calendar, which is used in most countries around the world. It was introduced by Pope Gregory on February 24, 1582 – an event that was quite a long time ago! Before that, Europe followed the Julian calendar, which was introduced by the Roman emperor in 45 AD.
On January 1, a new life begins. That is why we try to complete all our important tasks in the outgoing year, so that we can start the new year without any burdens. At the count-down, we are all gathered around the festive table and make wishes, hoping that they will come true. It is a bittersweet moment – time passes so quickly! But there is no need to be sad: family and friends are around, glasses are filled with champagne, and the future promises many interesting events!
- More than 100 million people travel to celebrate the holiday.
- About 50% of Americans consider New Year’s Eve to be their favorite holiday, even more important than their own birthday.
- The first New Year’s card was issued in London in 1843.
- 12% of people fall asleep before the midnight fireworks.
- People in Italy believe that throwing out old things will bring in new ones.
- The tallest Christmas tree in the world is in Rio de Janeiro and is 76 meters tall!
How to take part
Everyone has their own ideas about how to enjoy this holiday. Some prefer to gather in a noisy family circle, which is considered traditional. Others travel to cities and countries to experience the celebration from a different perspective. But no matter what, everyone hopes for a happy new year.
When is New Year’s Eve celebrated in 2023?
New Year’s Eve is observed on December 31 each year.