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Thread #87654   Message #1639410
Posted By: Manitas_at_home
02-Jan-06 - 04:05 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Good Luck for the New Year
Subject: RE: Folklore: Good Luck for the New Year
January was the first month in the Roman calendar. By the middle ages New Year was celebrated on March 25 but later moved back to January 1.

A few years ago we spent New Years Eve at the Vicarage. Being a in an area with a lot of immigrants, there were naturally a few African ladies there from places such as Ghana. They told us how, back home, New Years Eve was kept as Watch Night with church services lasting all night.
We managed to get some singing going but the Africans had some trouble with their own traditional songs as, due to age, they couldn't perform the dances that were integral to the songs. While we Europeans had never considered that a dance and song could be inseperable they had never considered it any other way.