it's a secular holiday. it is and was a custom developed to recognize the ending of a time and a wish for a good future. the kind of kiss you exchange, if you are single, is intended to predict what kind of year you will have in the coming year.
it is saying good bye to the last year with all its ups and downs, and hello to the new year, with all its hopes and dreams.
overview. prohibition was a nationwide ban on the sale and import of alcoholic beverages that lasted from 1920 to 1933. prohibition led directly to the rise of organized crime. the twenty-first amendment, ratified in december 1933, repealed prohibition.