New Year’s Eve is a widely celebrated occasion no matter what race or religion you belong to. As a matter of fact, celebrating New Year goes all the way back to four millennia ago when the Babylonians celebrated the first full moon after the spring equinox. So, here are
Fun New Year’s Facts To Ring in the New Year
1 Each New Year’s Eve, there are a million people gathered at Times Square in NYC to watch the famous ball drop.
2 One of the top places to celebrate New Year’s Eve is in New York City, Disney World, and Las Vegas. Worldwide, the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia sets up more than 80,000 fireworks in celebration of New Year.
3 Fire and noisemaking was believed to bring good luck and dispel evil spirits in ancient times. Thus, New Year’s Eve is a boisterous display of fires, sounds, and merrymaking.
4 It was only in 1582 that the Catholic Church embraced the Gregorian calendar and thus celebrated New Year on January 1.
5 Did you know that there are 40 different countdowns to the New Year? Yes and this is due to the different time zones.
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6 At New York City’s Time Square, New Year’s Eve has always been a big celebration with people coming in to watch the 700-lb ball drop. This first began in 1907.
7 In Sicily, the only pasta to be served on New Year’s Eve is Lasagna because all the rest are said to bring bad luck.
8 In Spain, the ritual on New Year’s Eve is to eat 12 grapes at midnight to ensure that you will have 12 happy months for the coming year.
9 A common tradition of ringing in the New Year is to pop a bottle of Champagne. In the US alone, there are 360 million glasses of the bubbly stuff drunk on that very day.
10 In the olden times, the Romans used to celebrate New Year on March 1; while other cultures made use of the winter solstice or autumn equinox to mark the New Year.
11 Celebrating New Year is never complete without certain foods that correspond with certain beliefs. In Japan, long noodles signify long life. In Greece, Mexico, and the Netherlands, ring-shaped pastries and cakes represent a year that has come full circle. And then in Portugal, Hungary, Austria, and Cuba, pork represents prosperity and progress. While in Southern United States, Ireland, Germany, and Italy, leafy greens and legumes are said to bring in good fortune and money.
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