Starts in 1 Year, 3 Months
December 31, 2018
|Last Year (2015)||Thursday, Dec 31|
|Present Year (2016)||Saturday, Dec 31|
|Next Year (2017)||Saturday, Dec 31|
You might be wondering that what WATCH NIGHT is? Well, in many parts of the world, a New Year’s Eve is referred to as Watch Night. As we all know that New Year’s Eve is celebrated to welcome the coming year it’s the time to review the year behind. It comes from the tradition of attending lengthy church vigils, called Watch Night services, on this evening. These services are popular and many Christian Churches hold Watch Night Services. It is done in order to start a new year on a freshly note and it make the attendees to confess sins of the past year so that they can pray for the better year ahead.
The evening is celebrated with joy and happiness, fireworks light up the skies. Delicious food items including toasts are made to make the evening special and enjoyable. In the Methodist and Moravian Churches, the New Year’s Eve Watch Night services were started.
Before an important feast day can be traced back to early Christian times, Vigils church services held on the evening. The concept of Watch Night services was started when English began holding late-night services in the churches.
Earlier, in eighteenth & nineteenth centuries, efforts were made to give the religious significance to this holiday by asking their followers to make best out of this occasion by examining their spiritual lives so that they can do something better in their coming years. With the changing times, these services Watch Night Services became popular among the people worldwide.
The celebration of Watch Night service differs from country to country. Well, in many African Americans, the festival of Watch Night services take on a somber tone, as people consider the passing of time and their own mortality.