MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do we say “Ring in the new year”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do we say “Ring in the new year”?

Before celebrating with champagne toasts, confetti, noise makers, resolutions we won’t keep… people used to say farewell to the previous year and welcome the new one by ringing actual bells, often in churches.

Decades before people stood in Times Square for hours without going to the bathroom to watch the ball drop, crowds of people would go to Wall Street’s Trinity Church for New Year’s Eve. Which now, is the home to the graves of Alexander Hamilton and several of his relative, they would “ring in the New Year” with a concert put on by the church’s official bell ringer.

How fun?! I might have to bust out some bells this year for 2022.

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