Popular New Year's Day quotes include Charles Lamb's message, "New Year's Day is every man's birthday" and Oprah Winfrey's words, “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." These words convey a joyous celebration of the past and optimistic hope for new beginnings.
It is common tradition to exchange New Year's Day wishes with family, friends and colleagues through greeting cards, telephone calls and messages, personal visits, and speeches and toasts at formal celebrations. Famous quotes, with their underlying meanings and evergreen relevance, enrich the message conveyed. Several online collections are available for easy reference and choice.
Popular sayings also inspire New Year resolutions, such as the advice offered by Helen Keller to stay happy regardless of difficulties and by Benjamin Franklin to be peaceful neighbors and better individuals. Well-known quotes focus on forgiving oneself and others and not being afraid to dream or make mistakes. They encourage creating meaningful change within and around and making full use of adventures and opportunities to improve life, health, relationships and work.
Humor is an important element of many popular New Year's Day quotes, some of which make fun of the ritual of making grand but short-lived resolutions. Some joke about the excesses that have become a part of the celebrations.
While the solar calendar sets the date of New Year's Day as January 1, lunar calendar dates differ around the world. Fireworks, music, dance, food and revelry are common ways to celebrate, although some traditions are unique to certain cultures. For instance, the Spanish eat 12 grapes just before midnight on New Year's Eve, English-speaking cultures sing "Auld Lang Syne" and the Chinese celebrate with lion dances.