New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated holidays throughout the world. However, it was not always celebrated the way it is today. Its early origins can be traced all the way back to Babylonia in 2000 B.C. when the marking of a new year was celebrated in mid-March with an eleven-day harvest festival. Religious rites were performed, coronation vows were renewed by royalty, and the victory of the sky god Marduk over the sea goddess Tiamat was observed. It goes without saying that the way we celebrate New Year’s has changed quite a bit since then.
These days, the start of the new calendar year is celebrated in the month of January, and the way we celebrate this holiday has changed as well. The transition from spring to winter was due to a number of factors. The primary reason is that in 46 B.C. we stopped following the lunar cycle and began observing the solar cycle. The second is because of the god Janus, whom the month of January was named after. Janus has two faces, one looking to the past and one looking to the future, making him the ideal symbol for the New Year’s holiday we celebrate today.
Although New Year’s Eve is celebrated throughout the world, every country has their own unique traditions and rituals. The one thing we all have in common as we head into a new year is the hope that the next twelve months will bring prosperity and good fortune. Here are a few New Year’s Eve traditions from around the globe that you can use to help bring good fortune your way. All of these traditions are meant to be observed at midnight to ring in the New Year.
These six traditions are just a few of the several that are said to bring good fortune in the New Year. There’s no harm in giving it a try, especially if you had a year of financial challenges. Times change and so do traditions, but one constant throughout the history of humanity is our faith and hope for the future, regardless of the obstacles and adversities we are facing.
Have a happy and safe New Year filled with good fortune!