Read about the origin, history and celebration of New Year (Silvester) in Germany.
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New Year in Germany

Origin and History of New Year in Germany

New Year’s Eve is considered as a traditional event in Germany. It is popularly called as Silvester throughout the nation. The day is observed to honor Saint Sylvester (a pope who lived in the fourth century). According to the German legends, he cured leprosy and baptized the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. Since then 31st December is celebrated as the feast day of Saint Silvester. New Year's celebration begins on 1st January every year. Germans welcome the New Year in a joyous way throughout the country.

Local name: Silvester

Ways to celeberate Silvester in Germany

In Germany, New Year’s Eve is celebrated by singing, dancing, drinking and merry making. They prefer celebrating the day with their friends and loved ones. At the strike of 12 in the midnight, people start hugging and wishing ‘Happy New Year’ to each other. On this day, they drop molten lead in to cold water and predict the future according to the shape it takes. If the lead takes a heart or ring shape, it means wedding; similarly a ship signifies travel and a pig shape symbolizes plenty of food available for the coming year. This popular tradition is known as Bleigiessen which is played with great amount of excitement throughout the nation. They celebrate the occasion by splashing champagne and burning fireworks. Partying is the most important feature of the event. All these traditions speak volumes about the unique customs of the country.