It’s that time of year again, it’s New Year’s Eve. It’s been an eventful year to say the least, with many tragedies, but ultimately culminating in real hope and change since the USA election, which we haven’t seen in countless years (since forever now). Real hope and real change is on the horizon, fingers crossed.
So, how can you be spending this New Year’s Eve? Of course, it all depends on your location, but we try to keep it all-inclusive, worldwide, as there really is a whole world out there, isn’t there? Let’s begin.
- You can spend it with friends and family at home and avoid all the dire New Years Eve events which are usually experienced if you live in Europe or in the so called western world. Since, with seasonally cold temperatures in most places, wouldn’t you rather be smart and celebrate it at home or at your dear friends house with a glass of champagne, perhaps?
- You can brave the cold and queue up at some shoddy or boujis pub or club, with an overpriced ticket experience like some clueless teeny bopper in their twenties, squeezing into a sweatbox of bad service, overpriced drinks and an almost guaranteed drunk carnage on this most drunkest night of the year.
- If you’re in a sunny country or on a great holiday, then you may very well be enjoying a big party somewhere, with tons of fun in an outside setting next to a beach somewhere, where all your joys will be fulfilled. That is if you bought that ticket to the venue, which was actually worth your money, as opposed to some western venue in a city, where despite your money, are you feeling welcome? No, so is it really worth it? Absolutely not.
- You could have gone full tux or tie, cocktail dress and bought tickets to a Gala for NYE, celebrate around a round table with plenty of other people, with a buffet, then drink the whole bar till your heart is content. How many drinks will you have? Hey, at least you’re looking great, right? This is fun and it’s a recommended experience, after all, you get to dress up a bit. The DJ might even play some ‘Abba’ or have a live band doing some covers of your favorite Prince songs. This is all inside the ticket price.
- You can choose to avoid all the “fracas” and realize that it’s the same day as any other, because you know the Gregorian calendar is just invented to give us a sense of recorded time. All that will change is really the year in the date tomorrow, from now onwards you see? So, you could spend it alone, save money and just be you. It can be very nice to do just that. You don’t need all this New Year’s “hysteria”, last night Friday, was way cheaper than today and tomorrow will be cheaper, too.
- You could be alone on holiday and make your own party by finding some willing and happy-tipsy people in a happy place, so join them for some New Year’s fun. This is the time of year when most are tipsy and cheery and joyous, as they countdown to a wailing celebration of newfound optimism of the year ahead. Hey, you may even meet some nice people? Of course, this won’t work in the western world, well, definitely not in some European countries, this is just going by the statistically pent up people that make up the general population there. They don’t want to meet new people. In the USA, you’ll usually be better received than in most European countries, especially on New Year’s Eve. Just be safe, keep an eye out for any shady people. European’s don’t wish to make new friends, especially not on New Year’s Eve. Write that down.
- You could decide to spend it in bed, sleep through the madness, bring a bottle of champagne with you, dim the lights and realize that you don’t even like people at all. Sip away until your heart’s content. This is the life.
- You could decide to do the same thing as our point in number 7, but just drink water instead. You’ll be the only person without a hangover and thus be waking up super early in the morning. The streets will be completely dead, take a walk, you’re the only person in the world that did this. You’re refreshed and smirking at the thought of all the people that are now laying in their beds with pounding headaches. You avoided the New Year’s celebration, your celebration is your sobriety, you shunned the Gregorian calendar and you feel so damn fresh. You may even be the 13th star sign, “clever” indeed.
- Or you could stand out in the cold, looking up at some clock tower, landmark type thing, pressed into a crowd and count down together with complete strangers until we enter the New Year, fun right? Or is it not? Perhaps, it is or you’ll have already sworn to never ever want to go through that whole pointless experience ever again, many years beforehand.
- What most people will almost all be doing is seeing some fireworks shoot up into the sky. This is tradition, after all. This is a celebratory moment, which we have to have fireworks for, in order for us to fully enjoy the culmination of a so-called year, right? Kaboom goes the fireworks, just make sure you’re not standing in the way of a falling firework or you’ll be spending New Year’s day in the hospital. That moment though, when tipsy parents of the 1980’s accidentally tip over the glass bottle holder and the firework shoots into the neighbor’s house. Ooops! That was a close one. Be careful with fireworks everyone!
Now, for some history on ‘New Year’s’ and why we celebrate it, courtesy of Wikipedia. As follows:
New Year’s Day, also called simply New Year’s or New Year, is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named. As a date in the Gregorian calendar of Christendom, New Year’s Day liturgically marked the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus, which is still observed as such in the Anglican Church and Lutheran Church. In present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year’s Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone. Other global New Years’ Day traditions include making New Year’s resolutions and calling one’s friends and family.
We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! So, bring on 2017! This will truly be a great year!
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