With that being said, I thought it would be interesting to give a little back story as far as where this holiday originates from and why we take the time to celebrate it. New Year's Eve has been a holiday that has been celebrated for thousands of years. Festivities usually include eating yummy food, watching fireworks, and toasting a few glasses of champagne with friends and family.
The first recorded festivities related to New Year's Eve dates back to 4,000 years ago to ancient Babylon, the time period was a little off though compared to what it is now. As you know New Year's Eve is currently celebrated on December 31st, and runs through January 1st; however, when the Babylonians first celebrated the New Year it was a day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness which headed off the start of the New Year, cool right? They actually called this event Akitu instead of New Year's Eve.
When it comes to the current New Year's Eve festivities the largest festival is held in New York City's Time Square, this is where you can go and watch the ball drop. And I have to say if you have yet to see the ball drop you are really missing out. It is a once in a lifetime experience you must see! Millions of people go to New York City to see this event, because along with the ball drop, there is live entertainment and a ton of good food!
With all of that being said, what do you and your family do to ring in the New Year? I would love to hear all about it, share with me in the comments.