The New Year is here, and all around the world, people are celebrating the end of one year and the fresh start of a new beginning. While midnight on New Year’s Eve is really just a symbolic milestone, it is one we look forward to each year and spend a lot of time and thought preparing for. With the start of the new year upon us, Morguard wants to take a look at some New Year traditions and how we celebrate.
New Year’s is When?
When we talk about “New Year’s Eve,” we are generally talking about December 31st, the end of the Gregorian calendar. This is the calendar used by the majority of the Western world. But not every culture celebrates the start of the new year on January 1st. The Chinese New Year, for instance, is based on the lunar calendar, and comes at the new moon between January 21st and February 20th. The Jewish new year starts with Rosh Hashanah in the fall. There are some incredibly beautiful celebrations involved with these and other cultural traditions, but for the sake of simplicity, we’ll stick to the more common traditions in North America.
Make Some Noise!
A big part of celebrating New Year’s is the noise. Lots of it! From fireworks to shouting to banging pots and pans, ringing in the new year with noise dates back to ancient Rome. Making loud noises was thought to scare off evil spirits and bring good luck for the new year.
Auld Lang Syne
One of the most popular songs associated with New Year’s Eve, Auld Lang Syne is a quite possibly the most famous song where hardly anyone actually knows the words! It is based on the poem of the same name by the Scottish poet Robert Burns in the 1790s, and was made a staple of ringing in the New Year by the bandleader Guy Lombardo in New York in the 1920s. So when the clock strikes 12, don’t forget to “take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne!”
Another New Year’s tradition that is an old favorite of many is the midnight kiss. Another remnant of ancient Roman custom, kissing at midnight is a throwback to the Festival of Saturnalia. It is said that sharing a kiss at midnight will bring you luck in love in the new year. So grab a (willing) partner and get ready for the midnight smooch!
New Year’s Resolutions
One of the most popular traditions of New Year’s is the making of resolutions. We see the new year as a clean slate, a new beginning, and a new chance to make a fresh start. The most popular resolutions year after year involve getting healthy, making more money, being kinder, and other forms of self improvement. While we start out the year with the best intentions, it is not always easy to stick to it. Here are some tricks to keep with your resolutions and be successful:
Set realistic goals. If your resolution is “make $100,000,000,” chances are most people will fall short. But if your goal is to put away a certain amount of money for a rainy day fund, that will be a little more manageable.
Don’t keep it to yourself. Let someone else know what your goals are. That way you have accountability and someone to help you on your way.
Create a plan. Don’t just say you will do something. Figure out the best way to make it possible and set yourself up for success.
Cut yourself some slack. The easiest way to get off track is by beating yourself up if you backtrack. Remember, life changes are a marathon, not a sprint!
Celebrate With Us
We want to build a community of laughter, creativity and passion for our residents and our Morguard teams. If you or someone you know is a good fit for our company culture and are currently seeking a new role in apartment or property management, consider a career with Morguard. We are always looking for fun and talented people to be a part of our amazing team. Also, continue to follow our blog to find more opportunities for prizes and Morguard Community happenings! Happy New Year!