But that's because until then curiously goes: to celebrate something we celebrate, but the historical tradition of this festival is ready to keep the does not all. You can even say with certainty that a negligible minority.
Well, nearly every house on New year's eve dresses tree (it stinks!), and sometimes people organize some vegetarian and even raw food New years (that's just a crying shame and absolutely in any gate not climbing!).
Your attention is a note about how you celebrated the New year those of the generation who stood at the origins of this holiday. What they ate, what they drank, as sported in these Christmas days...
1. Food and drinks
Immediately it should be noted that a vegetarian or raw food New year (at least from a historical point of view) is an oxymoron bordering on the absurd. The ancient Romans on this holiday is solemnly slaughtered pigs, calves, lambs and other like animals, dedicating all these actions God Janus. Accordingly, if someone is planning to celebrate the New year at the dacha or in the village (well, in a word, in the countryside or in the conditions close to that), it is recommended to do the same — and received the trophy immediately, piping hot and serve Christmas table.
If the celebration is planned in a city apartment, the table must submit at least a juicy steak. Throughout the rest of the food to adhere to one or another degree of freedom, but it is better, of course, that on the table there were olives, greens and stuff like Greco-Roman. Oh, and probably highly undesirable mayonnaise, this product of the French Catholic culinary creativity — in order commitment to tradition it is better to replace it with olive oil.
As for drinks, a festive new year's table should be lots and lots of wine. And should absolutely not be champagne, this ladies French product produced and promoted in the XVI century in Catholic France. Not because this drink is "bad", but because it is "not so" — not traditionally the new year in General.
Vodka and other similar products of the distillation of alcohol are probably still valid because distillation of alcohol vengeance is now nine centuries as. And results of the distillation at about the same time the most successful way used during a variety of events associated with all sorts of intimate conversations.
Well, juices, nectars and other in this spirit is to always please the taste and choice.
2. Rites and rituals
On the New Year in its Roman (historical and classical) format, so to speak, it is supposed to give each other gifts. Moreover, these gifts are not some loose-leafs and money in envelopes, but full-fledged gifts that can be eaten, delivered as furniture or other similar surroundings. Or those with which you can do something else aesthetically or practically useful.
Around the house, you need to hang dolls like voodoo dolls. These dolls serve as amulets against evil forces trying to capture us in the coming year. And therefore charms, these have nothing to do with Christmas tree ornaments that, in fact, does not mean anything except the high expression of a certain aestheticism.
By the way, about the tree... the Tree for the New year is totally unacceptable! Tree — a symbol of Christmas, but certainly not the New year! Though these holidays and go straight, but they are different and not just different: they are diametrically opposed, in the following paragraph...
3. New year and beliefs
The new year is a pagan holiday and the lumpenproletariat, in the highest sense of these words.
First, you should probably be repeated that this holiday historically associated with the cult of the pagan Roman God Janus — the Lord of the entrances, exits and passages, the Lord and protector of time, beginning and end, past and future.
Second, Capitalia — a holiday during which slaves were given will. In fact, it is the slaves-it was mostly staged celebrations and feasts in those days. And it's no fiction, all of this is mentioned in the wonderful book of Dionysius of Halicarnassus "Roman antiquities". Like it or not, but this story.
Accordingly, the New year is a holiday for those who are tolerant of paganism and even confesses such, and who categorically rejects Christianity and all those who work either for food or living from payday to payday.
It is a celebration of true and massively popular, this feast of the temporary freedom from the slavery and bondage minimally paid, it is global and momentary triumph of the masses, filled with abundance of alcohol, seized the hundreds of tons of cheap and unwholesome food, and we note the drunken and violent festivals around the globe.
Luxury, wealth, aestheticism and Christian decency are completely irrelevant. For all this, there is another holiday — Christmas.
The author is not trying to say that some of these holidays are good and some bad. It's just different holidays and for different social groups. With all the consequences.
PS But in General... it's something in the article about the holiday's history and cultural background of the New year... In reality, nobody forbids to celebrate and experiment as they please.
Thank you! All happiness, positivity — well, of course, boundless imagination in the organization of the upcoming holidays!