How to Celebrate New Year’s Day

How to Celebrate New Year’s Day

Every year people gather around to celebrate this event. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race, and religion; the new year is a time millions of people anticipate and celebrate. This article provides more details on the highly anticipated New Year’s Day celebration.

Is New Year’s Day A Holy Day of Obligation?

Although people all over the world celebrate this event, people still ask the question; Is New Year’s Day a holy day of obligation?

A holy day of obligation is mostly used in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a day assigned to feast days in which Catholics are required to attend mass and avoid unnecessary work. In addition to Sundays, there are 10 holy days of obligation

  • Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

  • Ascension of Jesus

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • All Saint’s Day

  • The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Christmas

  • The Epiphany

  • Solemnity of Saint Joseph

  • Saint Peter and Paul the Apostles

  • The Body and Blood of Christ

Although special vigils/Crossover night and New Year’s Day Mass are held, New Year’s Day is not a holy day of obligation. It however becomes a holy day of obligation when it falls on a Sunday. 

New Year’s Day Events

Christmas and New Year have a way of bringing out the fun and hospitality in people. Some of the New Year’s Day events are hosting brunches, going out, making resolutions, watching or participating in parades, etc. 

New Year’s Day Brunch

Hosting or attending a brunch has become a popular New Year’s Day event. From people rocking beautiful outfits to the amazing food, New Year’s brunch is also a good time to showcase your culinary skills for some.

When planning a brunch, it is advisable to be as diverse as possible. From the lean and healthy to sweet and creamy; give your guests the benefit of making a choice. When planning a brunch, you can include these options to your menu:

  • Casseroles

  • Souffles

  • Cake

  • Salad

  • Waffles

  • Muffins

  • Cinnamon rolls

  • Glazed donuts

  • Croissants 

  • Drinks shouldn’t be left out.

On the other hand, when attending brunches, you do not want to be overdressed, neither do you want to look like a hobo. Keep it simple with a tinge of classy.


New Year’s Parade

Though New Year’s Eve can be really exciting, there is a London New Year’s Day Parade to make the festive period more fun. This parade was held first in 1987 as Lord Mayor of Westminster’s Big Parade. The parade route is usually about two miles long.

Is New Year’s Day a Bank Holiday?

New Year’s Eve is not a bank holiday however New Year’s Day is one. New Year’s Day is a holiday for the general public and the bank sector is not excluded. 

Are Stores Open on New Year’s Day?

Banks and schools may be closed, but many stores remain open. So, you can get your favorite snacks or do some last-minute shopping even though on New Year’s Day!.

In conclusion, whether staying indoors and binge-watching Tv with the family or hosting brunches, or going out; New Year’s Day is worth celebrating. Make your traditions, enjoy it because it only comes around once a year! New Year’s day might also serve as a time for reflection on the past year and making resolutions for a better year. Whichever the case may be, it is still a period to have a good time.