New Year’s Day is inspirational. New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1st by people around the world that use the Gregorian Calendar. The celebrations on January 1st of each year include Making New Year’s resolutions, attending church services, parades, sporting events, traditional meals, and fireworks.
New Year’s resolutions are made by people trying to commit to something they feel will improve the coming year. Resolutions can be aimed at improving your health, finances, relationships, education, and/or roles you have in your life. Church services observe the day that honors the naming and circumcision of Jesus. Parades are held in combination with sporting events or as a celebration of the possibilities of the coming year. College football games, European Association Football, and the Winter Classic ice hockey game are popular events to play and to watch. More people can participate in the Polar Bear Club. People participating greet the New Year with an icy-cold dip in water. Traditional meals with family and friends and even for ancestors are made to honor the day. My family makes foods that are meant to symbolize health, wealth, and wisdom for the coming year.
In some countries where another calendar is used, New Year’s celebrations occur at another time of year. Some countries use both the Gregorian calendar and another calendar. Both days are celebrated. For example, Korean New Year is celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar and on January 1st, Gregorian calendar. Names can vary. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year and is celebrated in September or October depending on the year.
In some countries New Year’s is considered to be part of the Christmas holiday. Family celebrations include traditional foods and gifts. Christmas decorations are usually left up until New Year’s has been celebrated. Happy New Year! Be inspired! Have a bright day!