As we enter the final year of the 24th century, we thought it might be fun to examine ways our characters might choose to ring in the New Year. We know from a conversation that Bashir has in Deep Space Nine that people (or at least humans) celebrate the New Year with parties and celebrations, but what might they entail..? And do they change with species and quadrants?
Perhaps they would like to hold a massive party in their ship or base’s bar (or for the more adventurous, perhaps they even venture into the holodeck?) or there’s always doing something a little more… unique? Jo Marshall has threatened to go skinny dipping in the Andorian ocean, but as a doctor all I can say is that it’s a sure fire way to give yourself pneumonia.
On Star Trek Online, the annual event “Q’s Winter Wonderland” has players being taught the Klingon New Year tradition of ice fishing? Perhaps our Klingon characters would care to teach the rest of us this brilliant skill. If not, I have a power drill and a fishing rod and I’m going to try it out myself!
What about something less… chilly? Perhaps your character likes to stay in by an open (holo)fire and roast chestnuts/marshmallows (or smores)? This is of course assuming that all planets celebrate their new year celebrations in a season of cold weather, which I’m sure isn’t true (it isn’t even true on Earth!) so who likes going surfing or bodyboarding on NYE? A BBQ anyone?
Do you have other traditions you’d like to discuss? Let us know what you think!
What are you doing New Year’s Eve?