Germans call New Year’s Eve “Silvester,” in honor of Pope Sylvester. The last day of the year is the saint’s day of Pope Silvester, who died 31 December 335. St. Silvester’s day became associated with New Year’s Eve with the reform of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, when the last day of the year was fixed at December 31.

How people Celebrate?

Many people spend the morning and afternoon of New Year’s Eve by shopping or preparing the celebrations in the evening and night. Because maximum shopping mall open till 1:00 PM and definitely for new year product offer. Some people mark the end of the old year and the start of the new year by attending a church service that culminates at midnight.

In many cities and some smaller towns and villages, there are big public celebrations that often begin in the evening and last throughout the night. Many celebrations feature local or national singers and musicians.

Some people hold private celebrations at home. They invite friends and family members and prepare a festive meal, often in the form of a buffet. Television programs relating to New Year’s Eve can play an important role in celebrations at home. The film Dinner for One, which portrays a butler serving an English Lady her birthday meal, and the New Year’s Eve episode of the series One Heart and One Soul (EIN Herz und eine Seele) are annually broadcast in the evening of December 31. The rest of the evening is filled with humorous sketches, game shows and images of public celebrations in large cities.

Silvester in Germany is not a public holiday 

December 31 is not a public holiday. However, post offices, banks, stores and other businesses may close earlier than usual. Public transport services may be reduced or non-existent in the evening. However, large cities may put on extra services in the late evening of December 31 and early hours of January 1 to enable people to get to and from public celebrations safely.

How you know its Silvester in Germany

Midnight is often marked by fireworks and firecrackers. Many people drink and toast with champagne or other sparkling wine. People may give each other gifts of four-leaf clover as a symbol of good luck for the New Year. Fireworks, firecrackers, sparkling wine and the four leaf clover are seen as symbols of Silvester in Germany.

In some areas, people take part in a form of fortune telling known as Bleigiessen. They melt small quantities of lead on a silver spoon above a candle. The molten lead is then tipped into a bowl of cold water where it solidifies. The shape that the lead takes on is a symbol for the fortunes of the coming year.

Happy New Year from GermanLifestyle.Net 

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