Are you excited for 2024? With the new year comes many new opportunities, so, what is the best way to celebrate? In this article, we will be looking at the 5 best new year traditions to ring in 2024.
The History Of New Year Traditions
New Year traditions are important for many reasons. They’re like a cultural, social, and personal tapestry that helps us close the chapter on the old year and look forward to the new one. As we welcome the fresh start of a new year, these traditions assist us in mentally and emotionally shifting gears, leaving the past year behind us. It also allows us to look back with fondness at everything we’ve achieved in the previous year.
1. Midnight Toast & Countdown
As the clock counts down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, one of our favourite traditions is to gather with friends and family, raising our glasses in a collective toast to welcome the arrival of the new year.
To elevate this classic tradition, especially when hosting a New Year’s Eve party, why not introduce a delightful surprise for your guests? A Turkish coffee cocktail can add a touch of cultural and fun flair to the festivities. The rich, aromatic notes of a Turkish coffee blend seamlessly with carefully chosen spirits, creating a unique and flavourful serve which will be the perfect way to celebrate 2024.
2. New Year’s Resolutions
An age-old tradition during a New Year celebration is to make a resolution that you plan to keep throughout the year. Again, with your guests, you can encourage everyone to reflect on the past year and set goals for the upcoming one.
Whether it’s personal development, career, or relationships, making resolutions can be a positive way to start the year with a sense of purpose. During your New Years party, whether it be with friends or family, you can encourage everyone to read theirs out loud.
3. Coffee Grounds Ritual
If you have a group of coffee lovers, and an alcoholic cocktail is not your style, then why not incorporate a symbolic ritual? Make a cup of Turkish coffee for all your party guests and after drinking it, you can look at the coffee grounds that have been left behind.
Take a moment to sprinkle the coffee grounds around your doorstep, symbolising the casting away of negativity and inviting positive energy into your home for the new year. During this New Year tradition, you are meant to set good intentions and energy that you wish to feel throughout the year.
4. Gratitude Jar
In a similar vein as the coffee grounds, you can use a gratitude jar for a New Years tradition. Throughout the year, encourage family members or friends to write down positive moments, achievements, or things they’re grateful for on small pieces of paper.
On New Year’s Eve, gather together and read these notes, reflecting on the positive aspects of the past year. It’s a heart warming way to appreciate the good times and the lovely people around you that have made your previous year great.
5. Lantern Release
Another ‘fun for the whole family’ tradition for the new year is the lantern release. If it’s safe and legal in your area, consider releasing lanterns into the sky as a symbolic gesture of letting go of the past and embracing the new. To take part in this tradition, all you have to do is simply purchase a lantern, light it and watch it float into the sky.
Many people tend to combine this tradition with the act of making a resolution. If you fancy it, you can also write your new year’s resolution on a piece of paper, tie it to the lantern and watch it go into the sky. Many people believe this is setting an intention for the new year. The sight of lanterns floating away can be a beautiful and serene way to mark the beginning of the new year.