New Year’s of 2012 I heard a young man in his early 20’s state to his girl that he had no clue what a NewYear’s Kiss was. He actually didn’t kiss her because he said he didn’t know what it was. I asked him “You were never taught what a New Years Kiss was”? He said “no”. Now to much of my surprise I decided to investigate this matter because I don’t know one single soul living in the United States of America who doesn’t know what a New Years Kiss is.
The New Years Kiss is actually dated back to the Ancient Romans. The Ancient Romans would actually throw a party
every New Year’s Eve and the name of it was “The Festival of Saturnalia”. Later on as I read an article online it stated that
the English and Germans would have a masked Ball on New Year’s Eve for hun
dreds of years where they wouldcelebrate by kissing the first person they met when the bells rang at midnight. The Mask that they wore actuallysymbolized evil spirits from the old year and when midnight would come around they would remove the mask and Kiss asan act of Purification. I learned that there is also a superstitious element which would be kissing the closest to you at thestroke of midnight which was supposed to strengthen the bonds of your relationship with your partner or friendship in theyear to come.
Now I don’t know about all of you who are reading this article and what you feel or think about the NewYears Kiss but to me it is a very important event (personally). This event affects me personally when I don’t get my Kiss.
As odd or funny
or strange as that sounds I can’t even explain why it is so important to me. I think my Father or my
Grandfather used to do this in front of me with my Mother or Grandmother and it meant a lot to me to see the affectionthey had for each other.
of like a life affirming pleasure which only comes around once a year. Now I know it
doesn’t take New Years for anyone to have some life affirming pleasure and kiss on any other day but it’s never the
beginning of a new year at all of those other times eit
her. I don’t know what it is it
just means a lot to me and if that sounds
corny or stupid well I’m sorry but that’s how I feel about it. I like grabbing someone I love on New Years and giving them a
big huge Kiss, I like throwing confetti in the air, grabbing my partner around the waist and kissing them with all I am. If
that’s wrong then sue me, but I like it that way. It’s a time of binge eating, drinking, celebrating and wearing glitzy outfi
ts. Atime when you can reflect on the past and ponder future resolutions (if you have any) that you plan to keep.