New Year’s Eve 2017
New Year’s Eve 2017 will be celebrated on Sunday, December 31, the final day of the Gregorian calendar year.
When Do We Celebrate New Year’s Eve?
New Year’s Eve is observed every year on December 31. This is a fixed date, therefore the day of the week New Year’s Eve is celebrated is fluid and changes every year.
Celebrating the year’s end began with the ancient Babylonians over 4,000 years ago. Throughout history, different calendars were developed and as a result, the first day of the year would often change. In the year 1582, Pope Gregory VIII announced January 1 as the first day of the new year and by the 1700’s, the Gregorian calendar was adopted by Europe and December 31 was established as the final day of a calendar year.
Why Do We Celebrate New Year’s Eve?
New Year’s Eve is an international celebration with many unique traditions that embrace the new year while letting go of another. Many parties and social gatherings take place that continue well past midnight and into January 1, the first day of the year.
Legumes, rice pudding with almonds and pigs are thought by many countries to represent good luck and are eaten before midnight to grant success in the new year. Making new year’s resolutions is another popular tradition, which is people making personal decisions about specific actions or behaviors they wish to change in the new year.
People celebrate New Year’s Eve because it represents a fresh start, new opportunities and the celebration of things to come. The end of the year is an opportunity to look back on mistakes and use them as learning experiences in the new year. This introspection allows people the chance to better themselves and leave their defects of character behind as they enter the new year committed to making positive choices.