As the year comes to an end, we are all excited about the New Year's Eve and New Year’s day and the fun that comes with these days. It is well known that January 1st marks the beginning of every new year in the Gregorian Calendar, and it is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world.
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year, which is 31st December. In several countries, the new year's eve is accompanied by several traditions, and the United States is not left out. In the USA, the New Year's Eve is usually accompanied by a lot of fun activities, including going out eating with friends and families at choice restaurants, eating at home, and teaching young ones how to cook traditional US foods, watching the fireworks, among many other things.
Are you interested in learning more about new year’s eve traditions in the USA? Find out more about them in this article, as well as the various history, and symbols relating to the day and in the United States.
New Year’s Eve Traditions
· Watching the Ball Drop in New York
One of the iconic New Year's Eve traditions in the USA is watching the giant ball drop at midnight. This tradition has taken place annually since 1907. The ball has also increased from a 700 pounds iron and wood orb to a colorfully patterned sphere covered in shining Waterford crystal, which is 12 feet in diameter and weighs almost 12,000 pounds. Many towns and cities across America have created their traditions, including organizing public drop-off items ranging from pickles to possums at the midnight of New Year's Eve.
· Auld Lang Syne
The Auld Lang Syne became an American New Year’s Eve Tradition in 1929. Auld Lang Syne is a poem composed by Scottish poet, Robert Burns. The poems mean ”old long ago.” It talks about the love and kindness of days past. It's a way of saying goodbye to an old year and welcoming a new one.
· Counting Down
A significant part of the new year’s eve traditions in the USA involved people gathering at public and private places to countdown to the last few seconds of the old year. Usually, they toast to the new year with a glass of champagne, while others might decide to grab a stranger's hand or a loved one and give him or her the first kiss of the year. Also, some towns light up fireworks and noise markers to ward off evil spirits.
New Year’s Day Traditions
· New Year Resolution
About 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians were believed to be the first people to make a New Year Resolution. It is more like a ‘‘New Year, New me” principle. Many people decide to set goals, evaluate themselves, and most generally focus on their self-improvement ahead of a new year.
Another important New Year’s day tradition is making a toast to the new year. This is usually done with champagnes or liquor to the past year's blessings and hope for the future.
New Year’s Symbols
· The Baby New Year
The baby new year is a common new year symbol that signifies the birth of the next year and the former year's passing. The baby new year is usually represented as a chubby white male baby dressed in a diaper, hat, and a sash.
· Yule Log
The Yule log is often considered a symbol which signifies that light will take over darkness. It is kept in the fireplace after the family members decorate it. The log is adorned with a soft red ribbon and shimmering banners. According to New Year’s traditions in the US, the log should burn for a whole night and then smoulder for twelve days, which is the twelve months of the year, then it would be put off.
Crafted glowing candles are a traditional symbol of the New Year's decorations. People believe that the smoke of lighted candles would reach heaven, and thus their prayers said over the flame of the candles would be answered. Candles are symbols of goodness and warmth that improve the festive environment.
New Year’s Food Traditions in America
There are quite a number of new year’s food traditions in America that you should know. Some of them include:
· Hoppin John
Hoppin John is a popular dish with black-eyed peas, pork, and rice is eaten on New Year's Day to bring good luck. The black-eyed peas symbolize coins, while the green signifies folded money, and the cornbread signifies gold. Americans believe that this dish will bring prosperity and a year of good luck.
Ham is the holiday centrepiece, and it is believed to bring progress in the coming year because of root forward.
The New Year’s eve traditions in the USA have been adhered to for centuries, and we expect they would be followed strictly this year again. However, regardless of the tradition, you're following, the main goal is to celebrate responsibly as the world is still trying to heal from the events of the Coronavirus pandemic. Happy new year in advance!