New Years Tradition

December 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I want to take a minute to talk Tradition ... What is your New Years Traditions, do you make resolutions?  Do you have special food?  And why do we do these things.

For our family, since I can remember we do the traditional southern foods - ham, collards, black-eyed peas and cornbread.  I know every year I make myself some resolutions.  Most I never stick with BUT, I try and that is what counts.

So why do we do these things?

I know that we say it is for luck, health and prosperity.  But where did these traditions start and are they similar all over the world?  

Well guess what, it is not just here in the states but all over the world.  Every culture has their own version of a New Years celebration and dinner.  They are all very similar as well.  It is very interesting to read about. 

Here is a good article that talks food:  http://www.epicurious.com/archive/holidays/newyearsday/luckyfoods

When was the first New Years celebration start?  Well according to http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years, the first recorded celebration is back in the Babylonian era.  Although it was at a different time of the year due to the difference in the calendars from then vs now, it was for the purpose of celebrating the New Year.  The celebrations lasted 11 days as well.  Julius Ceaser did institute the change in the calendar making Jan. 1 as the New Year.  So as you can see we have celebrated the New Year as a New Beginning for many, many years.  

I am a history fanatic and love to read, so please click on the links above and do your own research - knowledge is power!

Please tell me about your traditions, your culture and your research on the New Years.


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