Year after year, New Year's Eve is hyped up to the max. And it's understandable: the holiday is a nondenominational, international ringing in of the new and throwing out of the old. And, also, it marks the official end of the holiday season, so people are either desperately clinging to any scrap of cheer they can muster, or just really trying to speed this whole thing up so they can get back to regular programming. It can be a lot, to say the least — so it's probable you may need a few laughs at the moment to help you get through it. Luckily, there are tons of New Year's Eve memes that are really relatable around the internet, and I've gathered a bunch here. I promise, you're not alone in whatever you're feeling right now. Even if it's intense grouchiness.
The tradition of a New Year's celebration has been around essentially since humans began marking time. Our modern New Year's Eve celebration is primarily derived from the ancient Roman celebration of the god Janus, according to Earth Sky. And yep, as you may have guessed, Janus is also the namesake of January. Today, New Year's Eve marks the arrival of the first day in the Gregorian calendar, which was established in the 1500s and is now utilized by a large proportion of the globe. And while a number of our traditions feel distinctly contemporary, a number of them have been around for centuries, if not millennia. For instance, the singing of "Auld Lang Syne" (you know, that song that people know maybe three words to)? That's a traditional Scottish New Year's song from the 1700s. The more ya know!
And that brings us back to modern day New Year's Eve — one of the biggest, most important days of the year. Also, one of the best to make fun of, if these memes are any indication.