New Year is the start of a 12-month new calendar, and the 12-month calendar counts in one increment. New Year’s Day is the first day of the start of the 12-month new calendar. Many cultures celebrate the New Year’s Day event in some way and January 1 is often celebrated as a national holiday. The most commonly used calendar system today which is the Gregorian calendar named January 1 (New Year’s Day) is the New Year. This was also the first day of the year in the early Julian calendar and the Roman calendar (after 153 BC).

New Year is the start of a 12-month new calendar, and the 12-month calendar counts in one increment. New Year’s Day is the first day of the start of the 12-month new calendar. Many cultures celebrate the New Year’s Day event in some way and January 1 is often celebrated as a national holiday. The most commonly used calendar system today which is the Gregorian calendar named January 1 (New Year’s Day) is the New Year. This was also the first day of the year in the early Julian calendar and the Roman calendar (after 153 BC).

New Year Eve

New Year’s Eve is one of the largest global celebrations because it marks the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, December 31, before the New Year. Many people celebrate New Year’s Eve to bid farewell to the year that ends and to welcome the New Year.

According to locals, in the Middle Ages of Western Europe, when the Julian calendar was still in use, authorities moved New Year’s Day to several days, including March 1, March 25, Easter Sunday, September 1, and December 25. The adoption of the Gregorian calendar since 1582 means that many national or local dates in the Western world and beyond have changed from using one fixed date for New Year’s Day to January 1.

Many cultures celebrate their traditional/ religious New Year’s Day according to their custom definitions and sometimes in addition to a (Gregorian) civil calendar. Chinese New Year, Islamic New Year, Traditional Japanese New Year, Sinhala and Tamil New Year, and Jewish New Year are examples for cultural celebration of New Year’s Day. Sri Lanka, India and some other countries continue to celebrate the New Year on various dates.

Many people celebrate New Year’s Day with loved ones involving traditions meant to bring luck and success in the upcoming year. Many Cultures celebrate this happy day in their own unique way. Typically, the customs and traditions of happy New Year’s Day involve celebrating with champagne and a variety of different foods.

Modern Celebrations

Most common practice for celebrating this New Years’ holiday is often marked by fireworks, parades, and reflection upon the last year while looking ahead to the future’s possibilities. New Year’s marks a date of newly found happiness and a clean slate. For many celebrating New Years, it is their opportunity to learn from the prior year and make positive changes in their life

What Do People Do?

New Year’s Eve is a day of mixed feelings for many people. On one hand, it is a time to celebrate the end of the year gone by and welcome what is in store in the New Year. On the other hand, some people experience a sense of nostalgia as they reflect on the events that took place in their lives in the past 12 months. Many people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions at this time of the year.

Some people celebrate New Year’s Eve by attending midnight church services, while others gather around in public venues such as Marina Bay in Singapore, Times Square in New York City, or Trafalgar Square in London to count down for the closing seconds of the old year.

Many people hold parties to bid farewell to the finishing year and to celebrate the New Year. The size of festive events for New Year’s Eve can vary in size and theme. Some people attend formal masquerade balls while others have costume parties. Some people have small parties or gatherings at their homes. Many New Year’s Eve celebrations are highlighted by firework displays.

Many people start counting down to New Year’s Day in the last minute or seconds before the last night of the year ends and the New Year begins. Some people tune into watching televised countdowns.

As the clock strikes midnight into New Year’s Day, many people celebrate this event by exchanging hugs, kisses, and wish each other a “Happy New Year”. In some parts of the world, including in the United States, many people sing the Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne” during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

New Year Celebrations in Singapore

Marina Bay Singapore

Three, two, one – ring in the brand new year with a celebratory extravaganza set against the iconic city skyline at the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown. Wrap up the year with an exciting line-up of programmes that include light displays to illuminate the night sky, a multi-sensory musical, exciting international circus acts, live music performances and plenty of family-friendly outdoor activities. But of course, the mainstay is the highly-anticipated firework spectacle that welcomes 2020 with a bang at the stroke of midnight.

Siloso Beach Party

New year party at the beach? What better thing to begin the year with! The Siloso Beach is the perfect destination for the party enthusiasts craving for the extra rush, uninterrupted excitement and amplifying EDM blazing from dusk till dawn. The giant foam pool adds an extra tinge to the ecstatic vibe of the Beach Party. Local and International artists perform all through the night, energizing the countdown and then leading the vibe to the utmost nirvana.

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is turning into a multi-sensory work of art on New Year’s Eve that will leave you doing a double-take and having double the fun. Let your imagination run wild at iconic Fountain Square where there’s a 3D 2020 photo backdrop for all those picture-perfect moments, a psychedelic space decked with a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns (don’t forget to pick a pair of complimentary ChromaDepth 3D glasses beforehand), and live performances. At midnight, expect a customary countdown, confetti shower and the time-honoured singing of Auld Lang Syne.

Smash Hits

Raise your glasses and welcome the new decade with the best of the 80s and beyond. Pushing the nostalgia-o-meter to the max, arcade bar Nineteen80 is serving up old school favourites from the 80s all the way to the Noughties. Join the cool kids on the block for a smashing New Year’s eve party.

Places to Visit on New Year’s Eve in Singapore

Universal Studio

Make sure you have pre-booked if you wish to celebrate the New Year’s Eve in Singapore at this first integrated resort. The Universal Studios bring you to the best of the new year parties in Singapore you would ever spend with your family and friends.

Get ready to welcome the new year with a bang as this first integrated resort in the city brings you an array of activities to do to add to your memory lane. It is advisable to book in advance, for this resort remains packed all throughout the festivities.

Singapore Flyer

Grab your seat in the Premium Champagne Flight at the Singapore Flyer and enjoy the new year eve in your comfortable climate champagne controlled capsule with the supply of chocolates and champagne. Also, watch the glistening night as the blazing firecrackers light up the dark sky bringing in an amazing sight for your eyes to admire. The Singapore Flyer is one of the most popular places to celebrate the new year in this city with friends and family because of its luxuriate vibe and elevated view of the city.

Gardens by the Bay

Complementing the music, fireworks, and celebrations, the scenic beauty of Gardens by the Bay adds more to the new year celebrations in Singapore.  With sea gushing at your side, Bay East at the Gardens by the Bay Helix Bridge, Benjamin Sheares Bridge Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza and the Promontory, Esplanade Bridge and Jubilee Bridge Marina Barrage are some places where you can enjoy watching the tantalizing fireworks in the Gardens by the Bay.

Countdown at 12, Wave House Sentosa

Get on your feet and be ready to get a little tipsy as the Wave House at Sentosa Islands celebrates the day with the spills and thrills of 12 complimentary drinks, 12 live international performances, and 12 hours of non-stop thumping music played by the best of DJs to make each moment count. It is the perfect way for all the party mongers to kick off the new year in just the right way, grooving to one of the best new parties in Singapore.

The New Year gift exchange was also a common practice among the ordinary English people until the Victorian regime. Gloves were a usual gift. Also popular were oranges stuck with clove, used to preserve and flavor wine. When the English had settled in America they brought in the tradition and continued to exchange gifts and presents at the New Years.

So did the French. Thus we find, the predominantly French, New Orleans continued with the New Year’s practice for a long time. And in France even today gifts and greeting cards are presented on New Year’s Day.

In Scotland, where New Year’s is the biggest feast of the year, gifts were solicited by bands of boys who went from door to door begging for money and food and singing the ditty:

” I wish you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year,

A pocketful of money

And a cellar full of beer,

And a good fat pig

To serve you all the year.”

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