above cartoon illustration was made on an old art program. It's
look is not like our current look. But we hope you enjoy it. Below is a
link to our newest New Year's Cartoon with dialogue. And for those who
want to sing along to the
New Year's song, "What Are You Doing New
Year's Eve?" there is a link at the bottom. Or
just click the text here.)
of our New Year's cartoons (part of our weekly cartoon series)
Year's Resolution Cartoon for 2001
New Year's Resolutions Cartoon for 2008
New Year's Resolution for 2009
Drivers for 2010
New Years Ring for 2011
We wish you a New Year's
Day filled with special Millennium Memories.
And, that those memories
will last a lifetime.
(Our ancestors went through 1899 into 1900 just fine. This is why
we are all here!)
of New Year's Eve
Year's Eve is December 31 of every year. It is celebrated in countries
that use the Gregorian calendar with the United States, Australia, British
Isles, North & South America, Europe, Scandinavia and (the former) Soviet
Union as the main regions in the world who welcome in a new year.
is exactly at the stroke of midnight on December 31 of the current year that
marks the transition to the New Year ahead. Celebrations may be wild
parties or solemn times of prayer. Some participants will dress up in
silly outfits and wear comical hats, drink champagne (or other liquors of
their choice) and use traditional items called "noisemakers" to
express their joy and hope for the new year ahead. Unfortunately, with
some people this celebratory behavior gets taken a bit too far. Some
people have been known to make improper advances to co-workers at parties,
throw their arms around total strangers on the streets or in crowds and well
perhaps to other things that would be considered totally unacceptable any
other day of the year.
yet, there are others who attend midnight masses at their church or synagogue;
or, get together in large crowds such as New York City's Time Square to watch
the "ball drop." In London crowds gather in Trafalgar Square
to count down the closing of the old year and welcome in the new. In Atlanta,
Georgia (USA) a giant Peach is dropped. This began as a competition with
New York's Apple. However, today New York now drops a laser and hand-cut
historians feel that our New Year's Eve celebrations can be traced back to an
ancient Roman observance around the time of the Winter Solstice in December
called "Saturnalia." This pagan holiday was known for totally
letting go all discipline and rules for behavior and was known to get out of
hand (just like some New Year's Eve celebrations today).
the 18th century, New Year's Eve revelry in cities like Philadelphia, New
York, and Baltimore often ended with street demonstrations, violence, and
vandalism. Groups of men and boys were known to toot tin horns, shout,
scream, yell, set off firecrackers, knock down barricades such as fences
and gates, break windows and (in a few cases) burglarize the homes of some
wealthy citizens in the area.
help curb the problem of over-zealous celebrators on December 31, and to
protect those who want to bring in the New Year quietly, many cities in the
United States started a popular trend called "The First Night"
celebrations. The first "First Night" was held in Boston in 1976 to
replace the boisterous partying with cultural events, performances,
and non-alcoholic beverages with food in an outdoor
those who prefer to have a very quiet New Year, many stay home and watch the
"dropping ball" or fireworks offered on television stations both
locally and/or nationally or worldwide simultaneously.
Lang Syne is our midi. The custom of singing this song on New Years Eve
goes back to the British Isles from the 18th century when guests ended a party
standing in a circle and singing this song. The custom first was rooted
in Scotland, because the lyrics were written in 1788 by Robert Burns, their
favorite folk poet of the time. (Later on another version of this song
was used in 1783 in the opera "Rosina" by William Shield.) But most
musicologists feel that Auld Lang Syne came from a traditional Scottish folk
does this song mean? In the Scottish dialect, auld lang syne is
"old long since" -- aka "the good old days."
The traditional lyrics begin with, "Should old acquantance be forgot and
never brought to mind..." And the entire song's message merely
means to just forget about the past and look ahead to the new year with
hope. Even the rowdiest of parties has often ended with quiet drunks
singing this song as a tribute to the past year. But many of us sing it
without really now what we are saying, we just sing it to be part of the the
auld lang gang of the night! :)
noise to welcome in a new year goes back to ancient times when it was felt
that noise scared off evil spirits. Imagine what our ancestors would
have thought about all the high-tech speakers, amplifiers and such today? To
them, the world would be pretty pure with all this noise! :) But
vary few of us link New Years with evil spirits ( spirits that you drink
perhaps but not any other kind), they still feel noisemakers are a must for
New Year's parties. In Denmark, they "smash in the new year"
by banging on the doors of their friends' homes and throwing pieces of broken
pottery against the sides of the houses. Now if everyone is out doing
this, then well...hey is anyone home to even notice? In Japan,
dancers go from house to house at Oshogatsu
noises and rattling and pounding bamboo sticks and banging on drums. In
many parts of the US, firecrackers are set off at midnight to mark the new
year. This is also the main celebration in Viet Nam, Hawaii and South
an old man or even Father Time is the symbol of the year that is coming
to a close. And, a baby then becomes the symbol for the new year
ahead. These serve as metaphors for death of one calendar year and the
birth of a new one.
of New Years Day
1 st is considered New Years Day in today's society. But this is a
fairly new concept because up until the time of Julius Caesar, the Romans
celebrated the New Year in March because it was the first month in the Roman
calendar. However, January 1 marked the time when the Romans
changed their governmental figures and new consuls were inducted into
office. And, they had games and feasting to help celebrate the new
officials. But, they still used March 1 as their official mark of the
new year and had a festival to their god, Mars (God of War).
Caesar who changed the Roman New Year's Day to January 1 in honor of
Janus, (God of all beginnings and gate keeper of heaven and
earth). Janus was always depicted with two faces: One looking back to
the old year (past) and one looking ahead to the new year
(future). One of the customs in the festival honoring Janus was to
exchange gifts and then make resolutions to be friendly and good to one
Constantine ruled the Romans and accepted Christianity as their new faith,
they kept the Festival of Janus as the New Years Day ( Not March as before)
and turned it into a day of prayer and fasting and not parties etc. It
was a day for all good Christians to turn over a new leaf.
However, the Romans may have accepted January 1 and Janus as the New
Year, but many did not accept the turning over a new leaf, prayer and fasting
part of it.
even in 1582, Great Britian and the English colonies in America still
kept March for the beginning of the year. (Spring as a
beginning?) It wasn't until 1752 that Britian (and it's colonies)
adopted the new Gregorian calendar and January 1 as the beginning of the
year. But many Puritans in New England felt Janus was an offensive pagan
god and chose to simply ignore January 1 as a New Years Day. Instead
they just made the entire month of January as "The First
Month" of the months.
today no one really considers January 1 a fasting day. Ironically, for
many it is a major day of feasting on junk food and watching football games on
did New Year's Resolutions all begin?
again, we go back to the wild and crazy parties of the ancient Romans.
:) They indulged themselves in alcoholic and sexual excess as a way of
acting out all the chaos that they hoped a new year would get rid of.
So, the New Year's festival was a way to start over. By purging yourself
of all this so-called excess energy and confessing your sins, there was
a hope that you would be much better in the next year ahead.
the Puritans never did approve of all this New Year's hoopla. So of
course they went for this religious renewal of cleanse, purge, fast,
confess idea. So they encouraged young people not to waste the new year
on foolish things but to use it as an opportunity to make a good change in
their lives for the good. So, like some Christians, they made New Year's
vows or pledges focused on overcoming their own weaknesses, to enhance their
god-given talents and to make them better citizens to others.
custom of making New Year's Resolutions came into vogue in the 20th
century. But most of it was done with jest and an understanding that
they would not be kept (for long anyway) since humans were naturally
backsliders by nature to their naughty habits and ways.
resolutions today are simply a secular version of the religious vows made in
the past toward spiritual perfection. They are often made with good
intentions and broken with a sense of humor and renewed annually.
Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Besides Olde Lang
Syne, I think "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"
is today's most popular song for this holiday? And, it just might be the
only New Years song we have. We have created a sing-along page for
those of you who want to join us in song, or are having a quiet New Year's
Celebration at home.
You may also want to visit our History of
the Tournament of Roses Parade page
and History of the Rose Bowl Game page since they happen on New Year's
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