All over the world, a new Gregorian calendar year means new goals, new chapters, and new starts. Alongside the traditional “ball drop” in NYC come many different celebrations across the globe. Here are five you might not have known about.
1. In Russia, they observe 12 seconds of total silence leading up to the clock striking 12. During the 12 seconds, many make wishes as they reflect on the past year.
2. In Colombia, it is tradition that partygoers will bring empty suitcases with them as a sign of good hope and fortune for an upcoming year of travel.
3. In Spain, Spaniards will observe the 12 tolls of the clock at midnight by eating 12 grapes, one per toll of the clock. This custom is intended to symbolize good luck for each month of the upcoming year, one grape per month.
4. In the United States, people tune into TV all over the country to watch the NYC Times Square ball drop… but did you know that it’s also tradition to sing “Auld Lang Syne”, a Scottish song meaning “old long ago”? Depending on which part of the country you live in, there are an array of different traditions you might observe, including eating black-eyes peas in the South, banging pots and pans, taking a polar plunge into the ocean (or some other body of water), or even throwing water out of the window.
5. In Italy, people wear red underwear for good luck. (Spain also does this). Just make sure you keep that one to yourself.
With a new year comes the urge to hit the “reset” button on things. Whether it’s a new diet, career move, sleep schedule, book-reading goal, or some hobby or skill you’d like to learn, “New Year’s Resolutions” can help kickstart lofty goals.
In the Bible
In the book of Daniel, Daniel was resolved to be set apart, pure, and different. Not exactly a “New Year’s Resolution”, but let’s call it that anyways.
He was heaven-bent on being the man God called him to be, even when it was uncomfortable and unpopular. While the men in his presence ate heavy foods and royal wines, Daniel chose to eat healthier and cleaner. The result? He was healthier and better nourished.
Daniel was resolved to be Godly even in the face of opposition. As we know from the rest of the book, Daniel was resolved to praise God even when it was unlawful. Further, we know Daniel resolved to stay faithful to his God even when in the den of lions.
Whatever your New Year’s Resolution might be (if you have one at all), be resolved to be resolved. Stand in the gap. Be different. What kind of person do you want to be in 12 months? Be resolved now to start becoming that person right away.