Out with the Old, In with the New

Celebrating the New Year


Lindsay Wiederhold

Going Into The New Year: Lindsay and her family celebrating the New Year, December 31, 2021.

          As calendars come to a close and ‘22 becomes ‘23, many around the world are prepared to finish the year off strong with lively traditions and get-togethers. Whether it be festive meals, games, or general gatherings, many find a special celebration before and after the clock strikes 12. 

          While it’s common in other countries to celebrate the new year with a specific tradition or superstition, there are a multitude of ways in which people celebrate in the U.S.

          Spanish teacher and Multicultural Club advisor Mrs. Margaret Morazzini shares a custom celebrated in Spain.

          “One very cool tradition for New Year’s Eve in Spain is that at midnight, everyone eats 12 grapes, one per second to represent each strike of the clock. You have to eat all 12 grapes before midnight to ward off evil and have good luck in the new year,” Morazzini explains.

          Most celebrations begin towards the end of the day on December 31 and continue on until the early hours of January 1.

          According to history.com, “Other customs that are common worldwide include watching fireworks and singing songs to welcome the new year, including the ever-popular ‘Auld Lang Syne’ in many English-speaking countries.”

          Most people in the U.S. watch the Times Square Ball Drop, whether it be on the screen or in person. Junior Lindsay Wiederhold shares her experience viewing the Ball Drop with others.

          “I always watch the ball drop! I normally watch it in my living room sitting on the floor with my sister and surrounded by my family and some friends,” Wiederhold comments.

          Coming together at this time gives people the opportunity to reflect on the previous year as it slowly transitions to the new one. 

          Wiederhold expresses the joy of celebrating the new year with people that are the closest to her.

          “The best way to start out the new year is with family and friends. They make the night very enjoyable and fun so we start off the year laughing with each other,” mentions Wiederhold.

          The new year gives people new opportunities, memories, and goals. People tend to set resolutions for themselves as they enter a new chapter in their lives.

          Freshman Erva Ozhan takes part in this tradition and uses it to start the year off on a good note.

          “I always set new goals for myself. They give me an objective for the new year. This year I would like to work harder in school and get better grades,” Ozhan explains.

          Traditional meals, TV specials, resolutions, and countless other celebrations give the opportunity to look forward to the new year.