Noon Year's Eve Celebrations

New Year's Eve as a celebration is a very old tradition, its roots date back to the days of the Babylonians. The celebration was called Akitu and celebrated the first new moon after the vernal equinox, and this party would carry on for eleven days! It wasn't until Julius Cesar put his mark on the calendar that people began to celebrate in January, partially to honor Janus, the god of new beginnings.

While there are many traditional activities associated with the New Year, my favorites are all food based. There are some for whom the year can't begin without eating a bagel to symbolize another year coming full circle. For others it is slurping long noodles for a long life. For me New Year's Day wouldn't be New Year's without my hoppin' john for prosperity with a side of greens for money. What are some of your family traditions? Tell us in the comments below!

Who says you have to stay up all night to ring in the New Year, join Denver Public Library and party down while the sun is up! Activities, snacks, and fun for all ages. The countdowns happen at Noon at the following locations!

Noon Year's Eve Celebration

Smiley Branch Library
Meeting Room
December 31, 2016 - 10:30-11 a.m.

Noon Years Eve

Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library 
December 31, 2016 - 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Noon Year's Eve Celebration

Bear Valley Branch Library
Community Room
December 31, 2016 - 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Noon Year's Noon Celebration

Sam Gary Branch Library
December 31, 2016 - 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Noon Year's Eve Celebration / Celebración de año nuevo en la tarde

Athmar Park Branch Library
December 31, 2016 - 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Noon Year's Eve Celebration / Celebración de año nuevo en la tarde

Byers Branch Library
December 31, 2016 - 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Noon Year's Noon Celebration

Park Hill Branch Library
December 31, 2016 - 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Written by Emily on December 13, 2016

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Josh @ GVR on December 13, 2016

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The GVR Branch Library has a Noon Year's Eve celebration on Saturday December 31st from 11 am -noon.

F. Serrano on December 27, 2016

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Hoppin' John? What's that?

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Hoppin' John is a traditional African American dish of black eyed peas and either ham hock or bacon, and it is eaten to encourage wealth, health and romance in the New Year. 

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