Today is not just an ordinary day. December 31 is the last day of the year 2020. Each day marks something significant in your life. Each day holds a value as you learn something new about yourself and the world you live in every day. This day one recalls all their achievements, hilarious memories, mistakes, and focus on how to make the upcoming year a better one. To observe an hour of peace and harmony, the Universal Hour of Peace Day is also celebrated.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
New Year’s Eve is the day when the last day of the year is celebrated. This day encourages one to forget about the mistakes of the year and look forward to the upcoming opportunities. Moreover, people tend to make new resolutions. This is the same short term plan made every year to make up for the flaws of the previous years’. However, people celebrate the day hoping that the coming year to bring them much more happiness and prosperity. Apart from that, they wish each other good luck and meet to welcome the New Year.
On October 4, 1582, Pope Gregory XIII replaced the former Roman calendar with the Gregorian calendar. The Roman calendar was based on the lunar cycle of the earth and moon. A solar year defined the Roman Calendar. However, the change from the Roman to Gregorian calendar called for eliminate a few days in between. October 4, 1582, was followed by October 15, 1582. In other words, the Gregorian calendar celebrates December 31 as New Year Eve. Some people celebrate the new year on April 4 each year. Eventually, the date was switched to January 1 to honor the Roman god Janus, the god of doorways and beginnings.
HOW TO CELEBRATE?
New Year’s celebration starts on the eve. People get together to spend time with their families. People also organize parties. The New Year’s Eve parties primarily comprise of champagne, toasts, and a fine dinner. In addition, there are parades and firework shows at midnight. Tonight, December 31, 2020, we will happily mark the welcome of 2021 and say goodbye to 2020.
UNIVERSAL HOUR OF PEACE DAY
Universal Hour of peace reiterates the message of Pablo Neruda. Today we are a part of a relentless rate race and have a rush hour of our lives. In other words, it is full of conflicts and incessant work. Universal hour of peace is here to gather all the peeps together. This way they introspect their lives and express gratitude for all the great things they possess. The day coincides with New Year. This encourages people to spend an hour with their mates and spend it without any worries or fights. Therefore, this helps to calm one and observe the peace within them.
Barbara Condron first observed this day on October 25, 1995. She discovered the day while was studying at a metaphysics school. However, people now observe it from 11.30 p.m. on December 31 to 12.30 a.m. on January 1st.
HOW TO CELEBRATE?
There are no dinner parties or decorations. There are just low-key gatherings where people reminisce the best memories of the passing year. People are oblivious to the bad experience and forgive others. In addition, they focus on how to a better person. Some people meditate on their breath or join prayer groups. Above all, they appreciate the year they had and encourage each other to do so too.