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 was 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 is: 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 the 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.
Happy New Year from OrganicallyBlissful!!!