I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their love, support and encouragement in the last year. I’ve said this before but I’ve gone through some drastic changes in the last 365 days, a lot of them really good. I know most of you don’t see me as often as you like but that’s life.
I’m looking forward to see what 2015 brings my way. I’ll do my best to succeed. After all, luck is for losers.
Have a happy and safe new year.
Here’s some brief history about New Year’s Eve.
In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve (also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on December 31 which is the seventh day of the Christmas season. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some Christians attend a watchnight service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into January 1 (New Year’s Day).
Samoa, Tonga and Kiritimati (Christmas Island), part of Kiribati, are the first places to welcome the New Year while American Samoa and Baker Island in the United States of America are among the last.
In English-speaking countries, a few popular songs are associated with New Year’s Eve, and it is common for them to be broadcast via radio on (or shortly before) December 31: Even some Christmas song focus on the arrival of a new year during the Christmas and holiday season.
“Auld Lang Syne” by Robert Burns. This is the song most closely associated with the holiday – especially the Guy Lombardo musical rendition. A version performed by Lea Michele was featured in the 2011 film New Year’s Eve.
“Happy New Year” by ABBA.
“Imagine” by John Lennon.
“It Was a Very Good Year” by Frank Sinatra.
“It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” by Barry Manilow.
“Let’s Start the New Year Right” by Bing Crosby.
“New Year’s Day” by U2.
“Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg.
“Let’s Spend This New Year’s Eve At Home” by Christi Bauerlee.
“Kiss Me at Midnight” by ‘N Sync from their 1998 album The Winter Album.
“This Is the New Year” by A Great Big World.
During the millennium celebrations, Prince’s “1999” was re-released and enjoyed increased popularity due to the song’s namesake year. Will Smith also released a song titled “Will 2K”, which also proved successful, owing to the lyrics’ celebration of millennium parties. Robbie Williams enjoyed a similar success with his 1998 single “Millennium”, as did Pulp for their 1995 song “Disco 2000”.
Spanish band Mecano’s single “Un Año Más” is popular in Spanish-speaking countries; it describes the final minutes of New Year’s Eve by people following the Spanish traditions. A version with lyrics in Italian was also released.