Sunday, December 31, 2006
New Year's Eve
The celebration of the New Year is a very old tradition going back to ancient Babylon, about 4000 years ago. Then it was celebrated after the Spring Equinox.
The several changes in the calendar made by the Romans altered the first day of the year to Jan 1st.
Then the Catholic Church determined that it was a pagan celebration and forbade it.
So the tradition like we have today is "only" about 400 years old.
Some people believe that what you do during the first day of the year will influence all the other days. Also what you eat can be a sign of prosperity and good fortune. I'm not really sure I believe it but there are 2 things I do for good luck. I eat 12 raisins at midnight and I always buy new blue underwear to wear on Jan 1st.
Wether you believe this or not I wish you a very Happy New Year!