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Legend has it that Watch Night services began in America after the Civil War when slaves in the Confederate states gathered on New Year’s Eve to hear President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which made them all free men and women. After that it became a tradition to gather on New Year’s in remembrance of that day.

However, Snopes.com which proves or debunks urban legends says the Watch Night service began much earlier.


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