New Year's Eve - Classic Essay by Charles Lamb.
Early New Year's Celebrations The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year.
The Chinese New Year Festival is a major holiday, which has been celebrated in mainland China for many centuries, taking place on “the second New Moon after the winter solstice.”(7) It is significant to know that this festival is also celebrated in other countries by its Chinese inhabitants, while various foreigners have been known to participate in the festivities as well.
The New Year Celebrations can only begin after paying respect to the ancestors. On New Year’s Eve, people will go to the temples and pray for good fortune for the new year. They bring offerings of food and incense to please the spirits of the deceased so that they might bring good luck.
New Year's Eve is always a bright and shining celebration, whether we're talking neon in New York's Times Square or a lap on cross-country skis beneath Antarctica's midnight sun.
When we celebrate the Chinese New Year, we are celebrating China's rich, fascinating, and prosperous history and culture. Back in the days of the 'Dynasties', the year revolved around the lunar cycle and when the new year came, the emperors would hold gargantuan feasts in honor of the gods who would in turn bring forth a new year filled with prosperity, fortune, and happiness.
Before Chinese New Year, Hong Kong people buy new clothes. It means a new start of a year. Also, we clean and decorate our house. On Chinese New Year Eve, we go to the flower market in Victoria Park after finishing our “reunion dinner”. It is a chance for all family members to meet together. During Chinese New Year, Hong Kong people eat.
Yes, I celebrate New Year's Eve. It's one of the biggest celebrations here in Serbia. There are plenty of concerts for that occasion, streets are crowded as well as the square. I like all the New Year's Eve euphoria, it makes me really happy. I like to buy gifts for myself, and to enjoy in firework with my BFF.