A Little Piece Of New Year Celebration History

New Year’s Day, first day of the year, January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. In the Middle Ages most European countries used the Julian calen... thumbnail 1 summary
New Year’s Day, first day of the year, January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. In the Middle Ages most European countries used the Julian calendar and observed New Year's Day on March 25, called Annunciation Day and celebrated as the occasion on which it was revealed to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God.

With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, Roman Catholic countries began to celebrate New Year's Day on January 1. Scotland accepted the Gregorian calendar in 1600; Germany, Denmark, and Sweden about 1700; and England in 1752.

Traditionally the day has been observed as a religious feast, but in modern times the arrival of the New Year has also become an occasion for spirited celebration and the making of personal resolutions.

In the Philippines, we celebrate New Year always with a big bang. Tradionally, Filipinos attend the midnight mass, then the whole clan would eat together in what we call "Media Noche".The feast would usually consist of Pinoy native favorites like suman, sapin-sapin, lechon - roasted pig, pancit palabok and other viands. The new year feast is another testament to the Filipino's love of food, good company and merriment.

Filipinos have also embraced the Chinese belief that loud noices would drive away evil spirits so we use a lot of firecrackers. In the past years though, we have seen an increase of firecracker explosion accident victims and this has spurred a goverment campaign of avoiding the use of firecrackers but instead use other alternative noisemakers like the "torotot" - an improvised trumpet which is really popular with kids. A lot of cities have also started to hold free new year parties with shows and fireworks displays so there's no need to light your own firecrackers but instead watch it all for free..

Cheers to the New Year, 2009!

4 comments

Coriander Dreams said...

Happy 2009 to you Pinaywife! :)

- Marie

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chinita said...

hi marie, happy new year to you too.. cheers!

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