New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve c.1300; "þer þay dronken & dalten ... on nwe gerez euen." The Julian calendar began on January 1, but the Christian Church frowned on pagan celebrations of this and chose the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25) as its New Year's Day. The civic year in England continued to begin January 1 until late 12c., and even though legal documents then shifted to March 25, popular calendars and almanacs continued to begin on January 1. The calendar reform of 1751 restored the Julian New Year. New Year's was the main midwinter festival in Scotland from 17c., when Protestant authorities banned Christmas, and continued so after England reverted to Christmas, hence the Scottish flavor ("Auld Lang Syne," etc.). New Year's gathering in public places began 1878 in London, after new bells were installed in St. Paul's.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • New Year's Eve — n. the evening before New Year s Day …   English World dictionary

  • New Year's Eve — n [singular, U] 31st December, the last day of the year …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • New Year's Eve — noun count ** the evening of December 31st, when many people celebrate with their family or friends by staying awake until midnight …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • New Year's Eve — New′ Year s Eve′ n. the night of December 31 • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • New Year's Eve — ► NOUN ▪ 31 December …   English terms dictionary

  • New Year's Eve — For other calendars, see New Year. For other articles with similar names, see New Year (disambiguation). New Year s Eve Also called Hogmanay (Scotland), Calennig (Wales), Silvester (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary,… …   Wikipedia

  • New Year's Eve — noun the last day of the year (Freq. 3) • Syn: ↑December 31 • Hypernyms: ↑day • Hyponyms: ↑Hogmanay • Part Holonyms: ↑December, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • New Year's Eve — Este artículo o sección se refiere o está relacionado con un evento futuro. La información de este artículo puede cambiar frecuentemente. Por favor, no agregues datos especulativos y recuerda colocar referencias a fuentes fiables para dar más… …   Wikipedia Español

  • New Year's Eve — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Stories of Lost Souls Originaltitel: Stories of Lost Souls Produktionsland: USA, GB, Australien, Argentinien Erscheinungsjahr: 2004 Länge: 86 Minuten …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • New Year's Eve — N UNCOUNT New Year s Eve is the last day of the year, the day before New Year s Day. On New Year s Eve I usually give a party, which is always chaotic …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.