New Year in USA
USA has the Gregorian calendar as a base to celebrate New Year on the 1st of January. The custom was brought into practice in year 1752. In USA, New Year’s Eve is considered as a time when a lot of social meetings with friends, family members and neighbors take place. These gatherings are full of fun and laughter. Many people host parties and as well. Full of alcohol and lavish food, these parties are a true projection of the celebration spirit and culture of Americans. Not only houses and hotels, but also many major public places form a stage for such gathering. At any of these places, thousand of people can be watched singing and dancing. Cheering, hooting, kissing and wishing all forms an integral part of this gala time.
New Year Celebration In USA:
USA has something grand when it comes to New Year celebrations. On 31st December, every inch of land in the country can be seen in a festive mood, but the celebration takes place at world famous Times Square and draws most eyeballs across the world. We are talking about the ball drop in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet, or 23 meters, high. At one minute before midnight on December 31, the ball is slowly lowered down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole exactly at midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.
In America, New Year celebration is not limited to Times Square only. Many interesting replicas of the Times Square event are held across the country. Many interesting objects are dropped and raised, including a variety of live and modeled domestic and wild animals, fruit, vegetables, automobiles, industrial machinery, a giant replica of a peach (Atlanta, Georgia), an acorn made of brass and weighing 900 pounds (Raleigh, North Carolina) and ping pong balls (Strasburg, Pennsylvania). Though it might seem crazy to you, but this is indeed USA. The craziness involved in celebrating New Year’s Eve will take you with wonder and you too will feel energetic at being a part of such celebrations. The New Year gala doesn’t end here, but continue till the next day.
USA has a federal holiday on 1st January. Here, the day begins by wishing the near and dear ones ‘Happy New Year’. People visit famous picnic spots across the country, with their loved ones. The famous Tournament of Roses Parade is also another awaited moment where people spend some quality time. The most surprising element of this parade is its theme, which keeps varying each year. Today, the parade is followed by thousands of participants – marching bands, dancing and singing various songs. The queen of the tournament sits on a special flower and the scene forms the most beautiful scenes of the parade. There is also a New Year custom to play the most famous games of football, such as the Orange Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl.