For many years

For many years, descendants of African-American slaves in the United States traditionally attend midnight church services every December 31 on New Year’s Eve. In many African-American churches, New Year’s Eve is known as Watch Night. On Watch Night, many speak about the loved ones who did not see the old year coming to an end, or they share memories about special events that had taken place. Some speak of their desires for a better year. A few minutes before the hands on the clock strike twelve, they get on their knees and begin to welcome in the new year with prayer.