When Was the New Year First Celebrated With a Feast of Food and Alcohol and How Did it Originate?

The earliest recorded New Year’s festival was in ancient Babylon in what is now Iraq.

Before the introduction of a calendar year, the celebration took place in spring during the planting season.

The Babylonian feast was elaborate, lasting eleven days, and included copious drinking and eating in a tribute to the gods of fertility and agriculture.

Celebrating the new year was both a thanksgiving and a plea for a successful new harvest.

Today, many cultures continue celebrating the new year with a feast of food and alcohol.