The 31st day of December is celebrated as the New Year’s Eve. According to the Gregorian calendar, this day is the last day of the last month. The evening of the day begins with the festival of celebrating the ending of the year.
Celebration in New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is an awaited day for Americans. Some people take a day-off from offices to arrange party or attend one in the evening. To celebrate the next year, big events can also be noticed in big cities. These public events are attended by huge number of people. Sometimes, celebrities participate in these events to entertain the public.
The Ball Drop of Times Square in New York is a widely popular event of the New Year’s Eve. A 77-feet high pole is placed in Manhattan. A ball is dropped right from the top of the pole and it touches the ground at midnight. Every television channel telecasts the event as the ending of a year and the beginning of a new one. Since 1907, this has become a regular way of celebrating the New Year’s Eve. It was not held in the WWI.
Following the ball drop events, many cities and states organize similar events. The event is for symbolizing the ending. Not only balls, but also things like animal model, automobile miniatures, fruits and replicas are thrown from the high of a pole. In Pennsylvania, ping pong balls are dropped. The ball of Times Square is made of crystal and lights. Everyone can notice it while falling.
Life in Public
31st December is not an approved holiday. Becoming a day of the holiday season, everything usually remains clumsy. Many states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky have declared the New Year’s Eve as a state holiday. Educational institutes do not run their regular program. Private organizations and companies may run their regular schedule. Some malls and stores announce special discount offer. Entertainment groups remain really busy in arranging programs and parties. Theaters and clubs may be out of ticket. An advance booking is offered in Christmas for celebrating the New Year’s Eve in these places.
There is a steadiness in the public transit system. A lot of organizations extend their work-hours for workers to 1st January to secure their safety. It is better to check the transit system before attending a party far from home. Travelers should keep in touch with the transport system to get back home safely.
Parents and events can create an unbelievable crowd. It hampers the traffic system. As a result, traffic jam is noticed in many areas. Before getting out of the house for visiting others, it is best to check the local news channel to get update of the traffic and streets.
Background of the New Year’s Eve
The 31st December is the last day of the Gregorian and Julian calendar. Because of the conservative thoughts, the New Year was not celebrated till 19th Century. The European tradition of mid-winter celebration influenced Americans to party on the ending of the year. After seven year of the first appearance of the New Year celebration in America, the Times Square became the center of the ball drop event. It is also the perfect time for welcoming the upcoming year and the first day of the New Year, 1st January.
When Is New Year’s Eve?
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||Dec 31||2010||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Sat||Dec 31||2011||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Mon||Dec 31||2012||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Mon||Dec 31||2012||New Year’s Eve||State holiday||Wisconsin|
|Tue||Dec 31||2013||New Year’s Eve||State holiday||KY, MI, WI|
|Tue||Dec 31||2013||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Wed||Dec 31||2014||New Year’s Eve||State holiday||LA, MI, WI|
|Wed||Dec 31||2014||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Thu||Dec 31||2015||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Thu||Dec 31||2015||New Year’s Eve||State holiday||LA, MI, WI|
|Fri||Dec 30||2016||New Year’s Eve observed||State holiday||LA, MI, WI|
|Sat||Dec 31||2016||New Year’s Eve||State holiday||LA, MI, WI|
|Sat||Dec 31||2016||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Sun||Dec 31||2017||New Year’s Eve||State holiday||LA, MI, WI|
|Sun||Dec 31||2017||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Mon||Jan 1||2018||New Year’s Eve observed||State holiday||LA, MI, WI|
|Mon||Dec 31||2018||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Mon||Dec 31||2018||New Year’s Eve||State holiday||LA, MI, WI|
|Tue||Dec 31||2019||New Year’s Eve||State holiday||LA, MI, WI|
|Tue||Dec 31||2019||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Thu||Dec 31||2020||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
|Thu||Dec 31||2020||New Year’s Eve||State holiday||LA, MI, WI|
Name in other languages
|New Year’s Eve||English|
|Víspera de año nuevo||Spanish|
|ليلة رأس السنة||Arabic|
|신년 전야 만찬 행사||Korean|