By: Irydian Jimenez
2016 could be the start of a new chapter! What are you planning on changing for the new year?
To a lot people, the new year is something very important and meaningful. It is also crucial to keep in mind that not everyone celebrates New Years. The American new year is celebrated on a Solar calendar, opposite to the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is celebrated on a Lunar calendar, which is why they are celebrated on different days.
Americans like to celebrate the new years by waiting until midnight. At ten seconds before midnight, some people like to count down. After the new year has arrived, people will hug, get there new years kiss, and wish each other a “Happy New Year.”
It is a new year and many people want to change, and participate in what is called, “new year, new me.” “On new year's eve, my family and I have a tradition where we have 12 grapes in a cup, when the clock hits 12:00 p.m. and it is a new year, we will eat the grapes. For each grape we eat, we say something that we want to change in the new year ahead of us, those being new year's resolutions,” says Ivanery Jimenez, a Junior. According to Statistic Brain Research Institution, only 45% of Americans make their new year's resolutions and 38% of Americans never make their resolutions. Only 46% of the people surveyed with resolutions, make it past the first 6 months of the year.
In 2016, people can expect a new life. New Year's resolutions is like people making a promise to change in the new year. “One of my New Year's resolutions is to get fit because I'm trying to make healthy choices,” says Goceline Valencia. “If I set a goal every month, I think it is possible.”
The new year gives you a whole year to try and accomplish your goals. It is motivating because you can set a one year goal to be more realistic than a goal that will only last 3 months and not be as realistic. “It's good to have new year's resolutions because you always want to have a change in the new year, you don't want to be the same person you were the year before,” explains Isabelle Palacios.
It is important to keep in mind that not everyone has the same mind set, to some people, the new year doesn't really mean “new year, new me”. “I don't have any New year's resolutions, because I want to focus on what I want to do rather than being focused on accomplishing only those resolutions,” says Esme Suarez. Sometimes, it's better for certain people not to have new year's resolutions. It's all about taking action on your goals, they are not just going to come to you without any effort.
In the end, the new year has a great impact on everyone. Weather you have any new year's resolutions or not, the new year is a new start. Have great start of a fresh new year, and try to make it the best! Happy 2016.
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