Watch Night Service – Bringing in another Year
The new year is the spirit of renewal. Part of the African-American tradition is participating in “Watch-Night” services. Those outside the tradition are often perplexed and wonder why people would rather spend time in church or religious setting versus celebrating and otherwise bringing in the new year with champagne, live music and singing “auld lang syne?”
Watch Night service is an important part of the African-American experience, just as Juneteenth and Kwanzaa. Simply defined Watch Night service was a key part of the year as it was during this time period many of the enslaved Africans prayed for the news of their freedom.