Ring in 2019 With These NYE Traditions 612

The evening’s script is pretty much the same wherever you’re celebrating New Year’s in America.  People dressing up in their best clothes, popping bottles of champagne, singing “Auld Lang Syne”,  kissing a loved one and fireworks at the stroke of midnight.  But how exactly did these traditions begin?

New Year’s was first celebrated 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. Although the Babylonians did not have a written calendar, historians determined that they observed the start of the new year during the vernal equinox in mid-March and history states that they celebrated with an eleven-day festival named Akitu was held that would probably put our current parties to shame. The Roman calendar went through a number of changes as different emperors came to power. It wasn’t until Julius Caesar took the throne in 49 B.C. that the calendar was adjusted so that January falls where it does today.

From popping open a bottle of champagne to watching the ball drop in Times Square, here are the roots of a few most popular New Year’s Eve traditions.

Making a resolution


Making New Year’s resolutions dates back at least to the time of Ancient Babylonia where people made public spoken resolutions. The resolutions were required as a way pf making an oath to the king, and were considered essential to keep the kingdom in the gods’ favor.  For centuries, the act of making resolutions in many cultures has represented a purifying ritual that allows one to repent for their overindulgence.  everybody is going to eat and drink to excess, “and then the next day you’ll wake up and hopefully you’ll have your resolutions to do the next year better.” In present day making a resolution is a tradition where someone makes a resolution change an undesired trait or bad behavior, sets out to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise make improvements to their life.

 

Kissing a loved one


Puckering up at the stroke of midnight is a tradition with ancient roots. Many cultures considered the transition from the warm to the cold seasons to be an intensely vulnerable time, when evil spirits could run amok. According to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year sets the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future. Kissing the person you love shores up that relationship in the year to come.  If a couple celebrating together doesn’t take the time to lock lips, the relationship could be doomed.

 

Champagne toasts


Champagne has a lavish history dating back to the 16th century. Long before we started drinking bubbly to ring in the new year, European aristocrats were popping bottles at their royal parties.
Only the rich and elite drank champagne at the time because it was so expensive.  Eventually, winemakers started developing the technology to bottle carbonated wine.
The price of champagne declined and producers started marketing it to common folk in the 1800s. Champagne quickly became the ultimate New Year’s celebration beverage when the producers of Champagne started to link the bubbly to festive occasions in popular advertising campaigns. Since the wine was long associated with nobility, ads sold it to new customers as an aspiration to drink on special occasions. Champagne is now synonymous with marking any big moments in life.

 

“Auld lang syne”


“Auld Lang Syne,” is a poem that was written and combined with a traditional folk song by Robert Burns in 1788.  In English, the literal translation of Auld Lang Syne is “old long times,” but it means something more along the lines of “once upon a time.” The nostalgic tune soon became a mainstay at British and Scottish funerals, farewells and group celebrations. It didn’t make it across the pond as a New Year’s tradition until 1929. It is said that in 1929, Lombordo and his band were playing for a New Year’s Eve party in New York City, and at the stroke of midnight they played Auld Lang Syne. The band’s dispersal of the song soon spread to the radio and TV as their New Year’s Eve piece and this was the start of a new worldwide New Year tradition.

 

Ball drop

 

 

 

 

In the United States, the most iconic New Year’s tradition is the dropping of a giant ball in Times Square at the stroke of midnight. Millions of people around the world watch the event, which has taken place almost every year since 1907. Since the first ball drop, there have been seven balls, according to the Times Square Alliance. Over time, the ball has grown from a 700-pound iron-and-wood ball to a brightly patterned orb approximately 12 feet in diameter, weighing about 12,000 pounds and adorned with thousands of crystals and lights.

 

Fireworks


Most people love a good firework display and others never need an excuse to make something explode
People around the world ring in the new year with noisemakers, sparklers and fireworks. In some cultures people bang drums and run wildly into the corners of their room to spook the spooky creatures lurking in the night. “Noisemaking” and fireworks on New Year’s eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and use them in every New Year’s celebrations.

 

Other Traditions found around the world
While there are some commonalities across the world, almost every culture has its unique take on the new year. Here are a few interesting traditions:

In Mexico, many people may eat one grape for every chime of the church bells at midnight.
Aztecs used to burn all of their mats during the new year, as fire was considered cleansing.
The English have a tradition of leaving money out on their porch to be purified.
The Swiss will drop rich dollops of whipped cream to the floor and leave them there to usher in riches.
The Turks wear red underwear, run the faucet and sprinkle salt on their doorsteps to ensure prosperity.

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National Night Out Draws Over 1000 People 159

 On August 6th, Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Councilman Michael Loguercio co-hosted the annual National Night Out at Fireman’s Park in Ridge. This free, annual event promotes police-community relationships and neighborhood camaraderie. It encourages adults and children to interact with members of law enforcement to help create a true sense of community. Over 1000 people joined in to play games, win prizes and interact with vendors, organizations and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff and Police Departments, firefighters and first responders. Pictured at left are (left to right) Supervisor Ed Romaine, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, former New York Rangers hockey star Ron Duguay and Councilwoman Jane Bonner. Pictured at right are Supervisor Ed Romaine (left) and Councilman Michael Loguercio (center) with Deputies from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I look forward to National Night Out every year. Most people don’t get to have personal contact with law enforcement, and this is a unique opportunity for them to do so in a relaxed and fun environment. I thank everyone who had a hand is organizing this event and all the residents who came out to enjoy it.”

Sheriff Toulon said, “National Night Out is one of my favorite events of the year because it highlights the ways that communities and law enforcement work together to keep our neighborhoods safe.  This year, we were so fortunate to partner with Councilwoman Jane Bonner to bring National Night Out to Fireman’s Park in Ridge, and along with Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Mike Loguercio, we welcomed nearly 1000 residents of all ages.  I believe everyone had a great time and I look forward to organizing this event in Brookhaven for years to come.”

Councilwoman Bonner said, “National Night Out in the Town of Brookhaven is a great tradition and I was happy to join with Sheriff Toulon to help make this event such a big success in Ridge. It’s important that residents and law enforcement become familiar with each other so we can all work together to make Brookhaven a better place to live.”

Councilman Loguercio said, “As a member of the Ridge Fire Department myself, I understand how important it is for adults and children to get to know and trust those who are out there working every day to save lives. National Night Out is an ideal opportunity for residents to have fun and learn how they can keep themselves and their families out of harm’s way, and I look forward to coming back next year.”

 

 

Dress for Success 2nd Annual Pop-Up Sale- August 9th, 10th & 11th 108

Dress for Success Brookhaven will hold its second annual Pop-Up sale on August 9th, 10th and 11th at 70 North Main Street in Sayville during the village’s Summerfest 2019. The first Pop-Up Sale, which was held in August 2018 in Patchogue, was very successful and created more awareness for the Dress for Success programs. On sale at the Dress for Success Brookhaven Pop Up Sale will be excess inventory, including many new items of clothing, jewelry, handbags accessories and more. The sale will start with a preview sale on Friday, August 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It will continue Saturday, August 10 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday, August 11 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. All proceeds from the sale go directly to Dress for Success Brookhaven programs. The mission of these programs is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools necessary to help women thrive in work and in life. The Dress for Success Brookhaven Pop-Up Sale is sponsored by California Closets.

About Dress for Success

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return when she finds work to receive a week’s worth of clothing. Brookhaven was the first affiliate to be established as part of the worldwide non-profit organization. The women we serve come from across Long Island. They are job ready women who have been referred by over 250 local non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, veterans’ organizations, homeless shelters and job training programs.

Our mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Brookhaven is sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services.

The Dress for Success Boutique is located at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All client visits are by appointment only. Donations of clothing and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information about Dress for Success, please call 631- 451-9127 or visit dressforsuccess.org/brookhaven.

About California Closets

California Closets of Suffolk County, NY is honored to be hosting the 2019 Dress for Success Pop Up Sale inside of our new, flagship showroom in Sayville, NY. California Closets and Dress for Success have created a successful partnership over the last 20 years to empower woman back into the workplace. Through the generous donations of California Closets clients, over 2000 pairs of professional shoes have been donated to DFS Brookhaven. California Closets designers and installers have renovated the DFS Boutique inside of the Brookhaven Town hall. The team at California Closets provided logistics support and casework to the 2018 DFS Pop Up in a space provided by Toast Coffee House in Patchogue.

Our goal at California Closets is to create a boutique shopping experience inside of our client’s homes. By teaming up with Dress for Success, shoppers will have the opportunity to browse selections of designer clothes, jewelry, handbags and accessories inside of beautiful displays of reach-in and walk-in California Closets, providing this experience to the Long Island public for the first time!   We at California Closets are excited to have you visit us, learn about our brand and products and join us in our support of Dress for Success, Brookhaven.

California Closets of Suffolk County, NY is an independently owned and operated business that has been serving Suffolk County for 34 years. California Closets is the industry innovator and leader in creating custom storage solutions for every room of the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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