New Year’s Eve..

According to Webster: eve, The evening preceding a special day, such as a holiday.

New Year’s Eve is observed annually on December 31, the final day of any given year in the Gregorian calendar. In modern societies, New Year’s Eve is often celebrated at social gatherings, during which participants dance, eat, consume alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the incoming year. The observance of New Year’s Eve generally extends through midnight of January 1 (New Year’s Day).

NORTH AMERICA…

United States

Since 1907 the “ball dropping” on top of One Times Square in New York City is a major component of the New Year celebration. The 11,875-pound (5,386 kg), 12-foot (3.7 m) diameter Waterford crystal ball located high above Times Squareis lowered, starting at 11:59:00 pm and reaching the bottom of its tower sixty seconds later, at the stroke of midnight. (After fifty seconds has passed, the crowd will count down the final ten seconds along with the hosts of various New Year’s Eve shows. Toshiba’s Times Square advertising screen will also tell the viewers when the New Year officially starts, which debuted in the 2009-10 edition.) From 1981 to 1988, the city dropped a large apple in recognition of its nickname as “the Big Apple”. Similar ball drops are performed in many towns and cities across the United States. The custom derives from the time signal that used to be given at noon in harbors.

First Night…

Over 60 cities nationwide celebrate First Night, a non-alcohol family-friendly New Year’s Celebration, generally featuring performing artists, community events, parades, and fireworks displays to celebrate the New Year.

Canada…

In Canada, New Year’s traditions and celebrations vary from region to region. Generally, New Year’s Eve (‘New Year’s Eve Day’ or Veille du Jour de l’An in French) in Canada is a social holiday. In major metropolitan and tourist destinations such as Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Montreal, the holiday is celebrated with major celebrations and fireworks. Other New Year’s Eve celebrations such as late-night partying, sporting events and concerts are major events in these cities and other places around Canada. In some areas, such as in rural Quebec, people ice fish and drink with their friends until the early hours of January 1.

Mexico…

Mexicans celebrate New Year’s Eve, Año Nuevo in Spanish, by downing a grape with each of the twelve chimes of the bell during the midnight countdown, while making a wish with each one. Mexican families decorate homes and parties, during New Year’s, with colors such as red, to encourage an overall improvement of lifestyle and love, yellow to encourage blessings of improved employment conditions, green to improve financial circumstances and white to improved health. Mexican sweet bread is baked with a coin or charm hidden in the dough. When the bread is served, the recipient whose slice contains the coin or charm is believed to be blessed with good luck in the new year.

Another Mexican tradition is making a list of all the bad or unhappy events from the current year; before midnight, this list is thrown into a fire, symbolizing the removal of negative energy from the new year. At the same time, thanks is expressed for all the good things had during the year that is coming to its end so that they will continue to be had in the new year.

Mexicans celebrate by having a late-night dinner with their families, the traditional meal being turkey and mole, a tradition which has now spanned worldwide. Those who want to party generally go out afterwards, to local parties or night clubs. In Mexico City there is a street festival on New Year’s Eve; celebrations center around the Zocalo, the city’s main square. Celebrations include firecrackers, fireworks and sparklers and shouts of  “¡Feliz año nuevo!”

STAY SAFE AND WELL..

..I’LL BE BACK TOMORROW.

Crusader Rabbit… 

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