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Interesting facts about New Year:
New Year’s Eve is one of the favorite celebration days for many people. Parties aside, the impending New Year typically brings hope for a more prosperous and happy 365 days.
The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.
It’s tradition to ring in New Year’s with family and friends because the first people you see will either give you good luck or bad luck. So make sure to keep friends close and foes very far away
More vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday, statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed.
The top three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World and of course, New York City.
Time Square New Year's Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. Back then, a 700-pound ball embellished with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood was dropped. Now, however, it weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with 2,668 Waterford crystals.
A traditional southern New Year's dish is Hoppin' John—black eyed peas and ham hocks. An old saying goes, "Eat peas on New Year's day to have plenty of everything the rest of the year."
In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.
Chinese New Year is celebrated the second full moon after the winter solstice.
Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten.
In ancient Rome the new year began on March 1.
The traditional New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne,” means, “times gone by.”
Using a baby to signify the New Year began in ancient Greece around 600 B.C.
When religion was suppressed in Soviet Russia, Santa/St. Nick was replaced with Grandfather Frost, called the spirit of winter, who brought gifts on New Year’s and placed them under the “New Year tree”.
Russians celebrate the New Year twice, once on January 1st and then again on January 14th.
Since New Year’s Eve 2008, the city of Mobile, Alabama raises a 12 foot tall lighted mechanical Moon Pie to celebrate the coming of the New Year.
It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year's resolutions, and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. The early Christians believed the first day of the new year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the new year.