Hoping you have had a wonderful start to the new year! Wishing you peace, prosperity, good fortune and much love. It is going to be an incredible year.

In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve is also called Old Year's Day and is the seventh day of Christmastide. It is also a saint's day (St. Sylvester). We celebrate with social gatherings where we might eat, drink, dance or watch fireworks and even ring in the new year with a midnight service. Some countries do it quite differently. Everyone has their own tradition whether here or abroad.

On January 1, New Year's Day is celebrated. The month's name, January, comes from the Roman tradition and mythology of Janus, the god of beginnings and gateways which is a quite appropriate name for the start of a year. The fireworks many have at the stroke of midnight usher in this new year. Some people make resolutions and eat black-eyed peas while others celebrate the day in many similar ways as we do with friends and family while other have  some very unique ways to mark the day.

Here is a link to 25 of the strangest new year's traditions from around the world. Get ready to break plates, fist fight and eat pancakes!