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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 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.
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