I like to spend my New Year’s celebrations with friends and family. I don’t need to do the same thing every year. As long as I’m spending it with some of the special people in my life, I feel pretty content.
I also like to check out the lunar calendar and see the moon phases for the coming year. In 2018 we began New Years Day with a Supermoon. And we didn’t have just one, but two supermoons last January. This spectacular solar-lunar event was part of a series known as a Trilogy; three supermoons all happening within a 30 day period. This year on January 21st we will have what’s known as a rare Super Blood Wolf moon. So get your binoculars ready.
I asked some locals what they like to do for New Year’s Eve. Here’s what they had to say:
Thea Daley, Iyengar yoga instructor
“I like to write down what I want to bring into my life for the coming year. Then the paper gets burned and the intention is released out to the universe.”Thea Daley
Another thing Thea likes to do is have a special yoga class on New Year’s Day, as a way for people to get a healthy start for the New Year.
Marisa Rojo, a Mexican American transplant to Asbury Park from California, loves to get ready for the Chinese New Year, which comes in February.
“When I was growing up my mother had several Asian clients and brought that culture into our home. I was eating with chopsticks at the age of three. As a tradition, my family enjoys eating Chinese food on New Years Day.”Marisa Rojo
This year is “The Year of the Boar” which is her year, having been born in 1983. Generally, right after the new year, Marisa begins to get ready for the Chinese New Year like finding out what colors
She doesn’t make any new years resolutions because she doesn’t believe they work. However, b
Jim Angelotti and Dan Kiniery, my neighbors, usually spend the holiday with friends. As the previous owners of the Bath Avenue Guest House in Ocean Grove for the past 18 years, they would always stay close to home. This year they are looking forward to doing something different. They will be visiting friends in Province town.
“We’re looking forward to staying in a B+B there and enjoying the festivities of 1st Night, with lots of good food, good music, and good friends.”Jim Angelotti
There will be no new years resolutions for them. They try to follow a simple motto, “just do the best you can every day.”
Helen Basile, a local realtor and friend of mine, likes to pay off all her bills.
“I don’t want to start the new year being indebted to anyone. So I will pay off the balance to any (moderate) outstanding debt that I’ve incurred over the past year.”
Helen likes to make her house clean as well right before the new year. She’ll change her sheets and do all of her laundry. “I don’t want anything dirty. It’s a way of having a fresh start for the new year.”
Another tradition she follows is shortly before the 10-second countdown she will take a few moments by herself to be thankful for everything she received in the previous year.
“Whether it’s good or bad, I want to reflect on everything that came into my life and be grateful for it. I also try to be completely positive in both my thoughts and words on New Years Day, so that positive energy will flow into the coming year.”Helen Basile
Bob Egan, of Bob Egan Entertainment, who is also my neighbor, is typically working on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. He doesn’t like to do private parties on the holidays, he prefers to stay local so he can be with friends and family, whether it’s in Philadelphia, where he’s from, or Asbury Park, his home away from home. On New Year’s Eve, you can find Bob at Bowman’s Tavern Restaurant in New Hope playing the usual favorites like ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and a special medley of songs from the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. A festive event which takes place on New Year’s Day in front of Philadelphia City Hall. And on New Year’s Day, you can find him playing at The Holly Hedge brunch also in New Hope.
Afterword, Bob likes to just relax and rejuvenate until his next gig. His best advice,
“Try new things and take more risks in the coming year.” He also likes to “not think about the negative events and focus on all the wonderful things that have happened over the past year.”Bob Egan
What do you typically do for the New Year?