Every year, in the night of December 31th, a night watch makes his rounds through the little town of Ootmarsum. Around 11:45 PM he arrives on the Market Square, where invariably a small crowd has gathered. Just before midnight the fireworks come to a halt. The night watch walks to the centre of the square. He swings his ratchet round and cries out loud: ‘Twelve strikes the clock.’ The crowd on the Market Square answers: ‘The clock strikes twelve.’ Subsequently the night watch starts singing the song: ‘Come, civilians, come’. The crowd joins in with enthusiasm. Then everyone wishes the other vól heil en zèègn (dialect for: all the best and God’s blessing). After this the night watch makes his rounds through the centre of Ootmarsum. He is accompanied by the major part of the people present on the square. On the way many other inhabitants join in. During his rounds he halts at thirteen spots, where street lanterns used to be in earlier days. At every stop three verses of the song of the night watch rounds are sung. The tour ends after nearly an hour, at ten to one AM, on the Church Square. The night watch is then put on a chair and lifted up high for three cheers. Then everyone drinks to the new year. The night watch has always been, up to today, a member of the Morshuis family in Ootmarsum.