09 Dec HAPPY HOLIDAYS: CHEERS TO NEW YEAR / CELEBRATION

DECEMBER,  WE CELEBRATE… Happy Holidays! Cheers to new year!

 


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YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY…

  • A toast (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) is a ritual in which a drink is taken as an expression of honor or goodwill. The term may be applied to the person or thing so honored, the drink taken, or the verbal expression accompanying the drink. While the physical and verbal ritual of the toast may be elaborate and formal, merely raising one’s glass towards someone or something and then drinking is essentially a toast as well, the message being one of goodwill towards the person or thing indicated. Toasts are generally offered at times of celebration or commemoration, including certain holidays, such as New Year’s Eve. In many cultures, toasting is common and to not do so may be a breach of etiquette. The general theme of the common brief toast is “good luck” or “good health”. 
    • According to various apocryphal stories, the custom of touching glasses evolved from concerns about poisoning. By one account, clinking glasses together would cause each drink to spill over into the others’ (though there is no real evidence for such an origin). According to other stories, the word toast became associated with the custom in the 17th century, based on a custom of flavoring drinks with spiced toast. The word originally referred to the lady in whose honor the drink was proposed, her name being seen as figuratively flavoring the drink. The International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture says toasting “is probably a secular vestige of ancient sacrificial libations in which a sacred liquid was offered to the gods: blood or wine in exchange for a wish, a prayer summarized in the words ‘long life!’ or ‘to your health!’
  • New Year (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increments by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday. In the Gregorian calendar, the most widely used calendar system today, New Year occurs on January 1 (New Year’s Day). This was also the case both in the Roman calendar (at least after about 713 BC) and in the Julian calendar that succeeded it.
    • Because of the division of the globe into time zones, the new year moves progressively around the globe as the start of the day ushers in the New Year. The first time zone to usher in the New Year, just west of the International Date Line, is located in the Line Islands, a part of the nation of Kiribati, and has a time zone 14 hours ahead of UTC. All other time zones are 1 to 25 hours behind, most in the previous day (December 31).

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