New Year’s Eve has been celebrated all around the world for four millennia. ‘New Year’s Eve’ is reflected in the Gregorian calendar as 31st December (as we all know). But did you know the first record of the New Year’s arrival being celebration was over 4000 years ago in ancient Babylon, but it wasn’t the 31st December, but rather ‘the first new moon following the vernal equinox – the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness – heralded the start of a new year. After much playing with the calendars due to agricultural or astronomical events amongst different civilisations around the world, the calendars falling out of sync with the Sun, Julius Caesar took it upon himself to consult the best astronomers and mathematicians of his time to create his own which closely resembles the Gregorian calendar (it was originally only 10 months and 304 days long). I think after covid we wouldn’t mind a shorter year… Christians came in and tried to claim certain dates, but Pope Gregory XIII finally set January 1st in stone as New Year’s Day in 1582.
New Year’s Eve celebrations
Fast forward to the modern-day and I don’t know about you but however much I wanted to blast 2020 behind me, I want to blast off 2021 even more! Although we were able to fire some magnificent retail fireworks within our bubbles from the privacy of our own gardens last year to see how the dreaded 2020 before covid-pro, the upgrade, took hold of the early parts of 2021, we missed out on some of the most beautiful, mind-blowing, and famous firework displays which are fired all around the world every New Year’s Eve.
Dubai’s fireworks being fired off of 20 different rooftops, Sydney Harbour illuminating the skies, Big Ben signally the fireworks along the River Thames, Paris’ Eiffel Tower firework extravaganza, Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour offers some of the most breath-taking fireworks the world has ever seen, being one of the greatest fireworks suppliers in the world.
New Year’s Eve celebrations 2021
We are all holding our breath that this year will offer an opportunity for us to celebrate how we have always known how; big firework parties with all the family, big firework events where we can go and celebrate with friends, ice fountains on champagne and sparklers with the neighbours.
There is always that ‘if not’ hanging over us however so some ideas ‘if we are not’ allowed to celebrate in the way we have been dreaming about for the past two years; pair up with your neighbours and simultaneously fire your fireworks in your own gardens, cheer beyond the fence or we can hope for drive-in fireworks displays to remain covid-safe and in our bubbles but collectively seeing out 2021 and welcoming 2022.
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