Although people have been ushering in the New Year for centuries, it did not become an official holiday until 1582 by Pope George XIII. At midnight, people were instructed to yell, holler, and blow horns to scare away the evil spirits of the previous year so that the New Year would be joyous and filled with opportunity. Nearly 500 years later, the New Year is still greeted by whooping and hollering but in a celebratory manner instead.
Whether you intend to ring in the New Year quietly at home or have plans to join the countdown at a gala extravaganza, reflect on the year that's coming to an end, and look forward to the new one with anticipation. Enjoy this transitional holiday in a way that's safe, healthy, and fun. After all, counting down until the clock strikes 12, marks the beginning of a full year of opportunity ahead. Happy New Year!