How you will celebrate this new year

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Origin and meaning

New Year's Eve:

The name Silvester goes back to the Roman Pope Silvester I, who died on December 31, 335. It is for this reason that the Church commemorates that saint on this day. According to an old legend, New Year's Eve is said to have healed the sick Roman Emperor Constantine the Great from leprosy and finally baptized it. It should be noted that this day has only been celebrated as the last day of the year since the 17th century.

New Year:

On January 1st, the church celebrates the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. This festival originated in Rome as early as the 7th century. At this solemn festival, Mary in particular is remembered in her role as mother of the Savior. In 1967 Pope Paul VI declared. New Year's Day also becomes World Day of Peace. In contrast, the Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches celebrate New Year's Day, the feast of circumcision and the naming of the Lord.

Various New Year and New Year customs

  • The tradition of fireworks on the night of New Year's Eve has its origins in the ancient Teutons. They put on fireworks as a warding off magic to keep evil spirits away from the New Year.
  • In recent years they have naturalized so-called New Year's Eve runs, in which thousands of people often take part. The world's largest New Year's Eve run called Silvestre Vallecana takes place in Madrid and has over 20,000 participants annually.
  • A widespread custom is the New Year's Eve or New Year's greeting, where you »Happy New Year!«Wishes. Often times it is also infamous with "Happy New Year" resp.»happy New Year«Initiated. The word »Cheers«Latin and translated means:»May it succeed«.
  • In some regions, a so-called New Year's Eve joke is also common on New Year's Eve, where, as on April 1st, people tried to trick their fellow human beings with "foolish orders". So z. For example, a fur animal or a bird is shown as extremely rare or valuable and the person concerned is made familiar with "infallible" trapping methods that require patient effort from him.

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