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Celebration of Life Week – January 1-7, 2023

Gratitude is the attitude of Celebration of Life Week, which is celebrated annually in the first week of January. This week was created to help us break free of our schedules and ease into the year with hearts of gratitude. It encourages us to embrace life and all the wonderful blessings it has to offer us.

History of Celebration of Life Week

The new year brings in a new era of possibilities and the fresh air of change. The holiday season often throws us into a mess of planning, creating, and organizing that can leave us feeling happy and fulfilled but also drained and forgetful of the truly important things.

Celebration of Life Week helps us remember the most important thing we should be celebrating 一 life itself! This week encourages us to embrace the seemingly simple fact of being alive to live another day. This week is especially interesting because there is no format on how you decide to celebrate life. After all, it is your own life to live.

There are so many things about life we can celebrate. You can start from your large achievements, like that house you just closed on, or the raise your job just offered you, or even that dieting goal you just achieved. You can then move on to seemingly smaller goals like learning a new recipe or finally wrapping up that book you’ve been reading. Personal achievements like getting through that emotional hurdle, are also worth celebrating.

However, while we celebrate all the amazing things life has brought us, we must not forget to remember that being alive is what allows us to even have achievements to celebrate. So while you celebrate all the wonderful things going on in our lives, we must also appreciate the natural things we get to enjoy.

There is no history of how this week came to be, but it is observed annually in the first week of January to encourage us to enjoy life as the wonderful and greatest gift it is.

Celebration of Life Week timeline

1582
New Year Is Declared

Pope Gregory XIII of Rome establishes January 1 as New Year’s Day.

1740s
New Year Resolutions

Methodist churches start holding renewal services on December 31 to renew dedications.

1799
A Signature Song

After being written in 1788, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ becomes a traditional New Year’s Day tune.

1907
The Ball Drops

The first ball-dropping is celebrated in Times Square.

Celebration of Life Week FAQs

When is Celebration of Life Day?

Celebration of Life Day is observed annually on January 22.

Is the Celebration of Life Week about funerals?

The Celebration of Life Week actually debunks the idea of celebrating life only after one has passed away. It urges us to celebrate life while we have it, and be grateful for the blessing.

How can you celebrate the Celebration of Life Week?

The easiest way to celebrate Celebration of Life Week is to do whatever makes you the happiest. You can go as extravagant as hosting a party, or as lowkey as booking a spa day. Whatever brings your soul joy are the things you should be doing on Celebration of Life Week.

How To Celebrate Celebration of Life Week

  1. Take a long walk

    Long walks can really put life into perspective for you. It might be the beautiful trees and plants we see along the way, the birds chirping, or even just the breeze going through our hair. Walks give you a front-row ticket to nature and can make you appreciate the beauty of life even more. Take a long walk or even a few all through this week to embrace the beauty of life.

  2. Host a party

    We know you must be all partied out from all the holiday festivities, but this particular party is not one to be missed. Host a celebration of life party, inviting all your friends and family to celebrate their lives too. Spend the day dancing, eating, and just living life.

  3. Treat yourself

    This week, make it a priority to treat yourself to something nice. You deserve it, simply because you’re alive and can do it! So whether it's that cute dress you’ve had your eye on or that restaurant that just opened down the street, treat yourself to something that makes your soul happy.

5 Important Facts About New Year’s Celebrations

  1. Its eve is a fan favorite

    New Year’s Eve is ranked the fourth favorite holiday among Americans.

  2. The ball hasn’t been dropped twice

    The Times Square Ball has been dropped annually since 1905 with the exception of 1942 and 1943 due to light restrictions during World War II.

  3. Sparkling wine is a hit

    On New Year’s Eve, more than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed.

  4. Peas and grapes bring good luck

    Some people eat at least 365 black-eyed peas to bring good luck, and in Spain, they eat 12 grapes at midnight.

  5. It involves a lot of confetti

    2,000 pounds of confetti are dropped in Times Square for New Year’s celebrations.

Why We Love Celebration of Life Week

  1. It celebrates life

    Just as the name implies, this week is all about celebrating life as we know it. This week allows us to simply be grateful about the life we currently have. It allows us to step back and truly see how blessed we are.

  2. It’s an excuse to throw a party

    Who doesn’t love a good excuse to throw a party? Celebration of Life Week gives us that excuse to throw the most important party there is — a life party! It’s a good reason to gather friends and family around for a fun and exciting evening.

  3. It reminds us of our blessings

    The struggles of life often have us forgetting just how blessed we are to be alive. This week serves as a reminder to us of what a wonderful blessing it is to have life. We have the chance to block out the struggles and just enjoy life.

Celebration of Life Week dates

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