Fun Facts: New Year
New Year is coming! Learn some fun facts and share it with your friends and family! It may come useful at the dinner table 😉
- The earliest New Year Celebration were in Mesopotamia and date back to 200 B.C.
- 1582- The Gregorian calendar marked January 1st as the new year, is adopted by the Roman Catholic Church.
- January is named after Janus, the god with two faces. One facing forward and one facing backward.
- The first ball drop celebration at Time Square was held on December 31, 1907.
- The top New Year resolution are: to lose weight, get organized, spend less and save more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking.
- 25% of the people who made resolution give up by the second week of January.
- Ancient Persians gave New Year’s gifts of eggs, which symbolized productiveness.
- Many parts of the United States eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day for good luck.
- The Janapense tradition is to host bōnenkai, or parties where they forget the year, in December.
- In Spain, local eats 12 grapes in 12 seconds right before midnight for good luck.
- On New Year’s Day in Ireland, residents hit loaves of bread against the wall of their homes in order to scare away any bad spirits.
- In Germany, revelers pour hot metal into bowls of cold water. The shape it forms dictates the kind of year they’re going to have.
- In Thailand, they celebrate their traditional New Year’s Day with state-sponsored multiple days of a water fight.
- In the Netherlands, the Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees on the street and launch fireworks. The fires are meant to purge the old and welcome the new.
- In Greece, New Year’s day is also the Festival of St. Basil. One of te traditional foods served is vasilopita or St Basil’s cake. A silver or gold coin is baked inside the cake. Whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake will be especially lucky during the coming year.