Happy New Year Traditions Celebrated and Remembered

Happy New Year Traditions Celebrated and Remembered

The year 2020 is probably one of worst years in both American and world-wide history due to the dreaded words of COVID-19. Everyone seems ready for this year to pass on by as quietly as possible, but the celebration of greeting a new year will still be brought in with hope for much better health, wealth and happiness. True the celebration as we greet 2021 may not be as lavish and populated nor held in venues that parties are usually held in, but we will move forward making new customs for this year with hope that we can return to as normal of a life style as possible.

The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon, after the Vernal Equinox, which is the first day of spring. Traditions of the season include the making of New Year’s resolutions that also dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian’s most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

The tradition of using a baby to signify the New Year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth. Although the early Christians denounced the practice as pagan, the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth forced the Church to reevaluate its position.



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