Where does the name come from?
December 31 is the last day of the year since the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582. This day is dedicated to Holy New Year. New Year's Eve was from 314-335 pope under whose pontificate the introduction of Christianity as state religion took place under emperor Constantine.
Pope New Year's Eve I died on 31 December 335 in Rome.
Tradition and superstition
As with all holidays, also with the turn of the year various customs and all kinds of superstition connect themselves. Dinner on New Year's Eve should be with family or friends, because eating "in the circle" of one's neighbor symbolizes protection from demons who cannot destroy this circle.
The night at the turn of the year has been about defending against evil spirits since time immemorial. Noisy parades with masked figures in which drums, bells and whip cracks made the necessary noise should keep them away.
Nowadays this custom is replaced worldwide by gigantic fireworks. However, this is no longer about the expulsion of demons. On the contrary, the New Year's Eve fireworks are an expression of joy at the coming New Year. Old and young enjoy the colourful sky spectacle. In Germany alone, firecrackers, firecrackers, enthusiasts and above all rockets are blown up year after year for more than 60 million euros.
Hitcrackers, fireworks, church bells, waltz music and champagne corks - noise and music are just as indispensable in most cultures as congratulations.
"A Happy and Blessed New Year" - this or similar is the typical greeting or wish for the New Year.
In the private environment, on the other hand, you usually wish "a Happy New Year". Whereby the "good slide" has nothing to do with a "slide over" into the new year. The expression goes back to the Hebrew word "rosch", which means "beginning", i.e. the beginning of the new year.
When the first seconds of the new year have begun, you toast the New Year's Eve parties with a glass of champagne and say "Prosit New Year" or "Prost New Year".
The word "Prosit" is Latin and means "may it succeed".
All these New Year wishes express the hope that the New Year will bring happiness.
A still young custom is to say goodbye to the old year on an ongoing basis. Thousands of people participate in the increasingly popular New Year's Eve races. The world's oldest and most important New Year's Eve race takes place every year in São Paulo in Brazil. Of course, the Main metropolis also has "its" New Year's Eve run. The Spiridon New Year's Eve run has been taking place for over 30 years.