History of New Years Eve
What is the History Behind New Year’s Eve?
It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes thoughts of family, friends, and resolutions. But what do you really know about the history behind New Year’s Eve? Let’s take a look back at the origins of this festive holiday.
The ancient Babylonians are credited with starting the tradition of celebrating the start of a new year around 4000 BC. They held a massive 12-day festival to honor their god Marduk and welcome in the new year. Afterward, they would make promises to their gods in an effort to receive favor for the coming months.
The Romans were also known for their New Year’s celebrations. Their festivities typically involved sacrificing animals to Janus, the two-faced God who symbolized looking back on past events while preparing for future ones. The Roman calendar was based on lunar cycles so their “New Year” would fall sometime between late March and early April depending on when the first full moon occurred that year.
The modern day celebration of New Year’s Eve has its roots in 16th century Germany where people would gather around bonfires and celebrate with singing and dancing until midnight as a way to welcome in the new year. This tradition spread throughout Europe over time and eventually made its way across the pond to America where it has become one of our most beloved holidays!
No matter how you choose to celebrate, there is no denying that New Year’s Eve has been around for centuries! From ancient Babylonians sacrificing animals to 21st century Americans popping champagne corks at midnight, we can all agree that this is a special day that deserves to be celebrated with family and friends alike! Here’s hoping for a happy and prosperous new year! Cheers!