New Year’s is approaching, a time when millions of people will celebrate with food, new resolutions or a even kiss as the clock strikes 12. Here are fun facts about New Year’s.
1. The earliest known New Year celebrations were in Mesopotamia and date back to 2000 B.C.
2. Eating Black eyed peas, ham, and cabbage are considered good luck if you eat them on New Year’s Eve because it is believed they will bring you money.
3. People of Denmark practice throwing dishes at the doorsteps of other people. This is believed to bring many new friends to the person on whose doorsteps the dishes are thrown.
4. People wear red underwear on New Year’s Day , In Italy to bring good luck all year long.
5. Spanish tradition is to eat 12 grapes at midnight of 31st December. This tradition is believed to bring good luck for those who practice it.
6. Ancient Persians gave New Year’s gifts of eggs, which symbolised productiveness.
7. Firecrackers and noisemakers became tradition to ensure a year of good luck, and to scare away any remaining evil spirits and to ensure a brand new start.
8. In Japan bells in Buddhist Temples are rung 108 times. They do this to welcome the God of New Year known as Toshigami.
9. Greeks also have the tradition of breaking pomegranates right at their doorsteps. This tradition is believed to bring good luck and prosperity.
10. The most popular tradition is that of dropping the New Year Ball in New York City’s Times Square exactly at 11:59 PM. The ball goes through a minute-long descent and hits the ground at the stroke of midnight.
11. 907kg(2,000 pounds) of confetti are dropped on the crowd in Times Square at midnight.
12. In Portugal, Hungary, Austria and Cuba, pork is a standard New Year food and it signifies prosperity and progress.
13. Greece, Mexico and Netherlands go for ring-shaped pastries and cakes which signify that the year has come to a full circle.
14. 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.
15. Many people ring in New Year’s by popping open a bottle of champagne. Americans drink close to 360 million glasses of sparkling wine during this time.
16. If Santa is the most common symbol associated with Christmas, then Baby New Year is the symbol most commonly associated with New Year. Baby New Year is often seen in a diaper, black top hat, and a sash showing the numbers of the new year. Myth states that he matures into an old man during the year
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