6 Interesting Facts About New Year

Date:01-01-2014 11:41:14 read:3

Looking back at the past year with love and the coming year with expectations, New Year Eve is simply the perfect time of the year to celebrate. Food, fun, party, games, fireworks – the world celebrates New Year with great pomp and gaiety. Again it’s not only about some celebrations that have no meaning associated with it. The holiday is based on traditions from time immemorial. It would be great to know about some interesting facts regarding the New Year’s Eve. Check them out right here.

1. The tradition of making New Year resolutions can be traced back to around 4,000 years! The ancient Babylonians are believed to have invented the tradition of resolutions as they made promises to please the Gods and start the New Year on a fresh note.

2. Before the electrically lit ball, it was fireworks show that marked the New Year celebrations in Times Square. The first New Year’s Eve ball in 1907 was an illuminated 700-pound iron and wood ball decked with 100 light bulbs. Today, the renovated Waterford crystals designed round ball weighs 11,875 pounds, has a diameter of 12 feet and is designed to be weather proof. There is a yearly theme for the ball’s crystal panels. For 2014, all the ball’s panels are replaced with new “Gift of Imagination” designs.

3. It is believed that you should always celebrate with friends and family, because the first visitor you see in the New Year will decide your luck for the coming year!

4. People sing the traditional Auld Lang Syne song as the clock strikes 12.00 am, marking the New Year. The song was penned by Scottish poet, Robert Burns over 300 years ago. The message of the song is that “despite the pain in doing so, we must remember and toast to those we’ve loved and lost in order to keep them close to our hearts.”

5. The Japanese welcome the New Year by ringing bells in Buddhist temples for 108 times at midnight. The number 108 has a special significance in the Buddhist tradition as it stands for the 108 sinful human acts. It is believed that ringing the bells helps to expel these sins from the previous year. To witness this ceremony, most people gather at The Watch-Night bell in Tokyo.

6. It is believed that New Year’s foods influence good and bad fortune. In most of Spanish-speaking countries, it is believed that popping one grape at each stroke leading up to midnight brings good luck. Also, eating black-eyed peas, ham or cabbage is considered as good luck. However, eating lobster or chicken is not considered auspicious.

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