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.
- 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 Japanese 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.