Read about the origin, history and celebration of New Year (New Years Eve) in United States.
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New Year in United States

Origin and History of New Year in United States

New Year Eve is celebrated on December 31st in countries that follow the Gregorian calendar. On the modern Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated on January 1 (the first day of the year). In Western Christianity New Year's Day is celebrated on the eighth day of Christmas. The day is generally declared as a public holiday and is celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of 12 o’clock in the midnight. It is considered as a perfect time to remember the achievements and make merry for the approaching days of the year.

Local name: New Years Eve

Ways to celeberate New Years Eve in United States

New Year’s Eve celebration is a gala affair for the people of US. Americans have different ways of celebrating this occasion. They love to enjoy the last minute of the previous year before welcoming the New Year. One minute prior to 12 o’clock a lighted ball is dropped slowly from the top of a building. When the ball reaches the bottom, the New Year sign is colorfully light and people celebrate this moment by hugging and kissing each other. New Year's Day begins by wishing 'Happy New Year' to the near and dear ones. The night is celebrated with sumptuous dinners, live music and dance floors which make a perfect festive bash. On this day, many people make resolutions to renew life with good deeds. Others visit churches to mark a religious start for the New Year. They also invite and visit their friends and families members to celebrate the occasion. Parades are also organized during the event. They include thousands of participants marching along the bands, dancing and singing various songs. The themes of the parade change every year.