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20 fascinating facts about New Year

20 fascinating facts about New Year.

The New Year is tradition celebrated around the world.

happy new year 1912680 1280New Year brings hope for a more prosperous and happy 365 days. It is the time when many people traditionally make resolutions to break bad habits or start good ones. 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. 

Here are 20 other interesting facts about New Year...

  1. The earliest known New Year celebrations were in Mesopotamia and date back to 2000 B.C.
  2. The early Romans used 1 March as New Year's Day. Other cultures used the autumn equinox or the winter solstice to mark the new year.
  3. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar, which marks 1 January as the new year, was adopted by the Roman Catholic Church.
  4. January is named after Janus, the god with two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward.
  5. England didn't adopt 1 January as New Year's Day until 1752, more than 150 years after Scotland. Before that the year began on 25 March, the feast of the Annunciation.
  6. The first French Republic changed its calendar in 1793, fixing New Year at the autumnal equinox. Thirteen years later, Napoleon reinstated the Gregorian calendar now in general use.
  7. fireworks 574739 640Over a quarter of the globe's population celebrate the Chinese or lunar new year. The Year of the Rabbit will begin on 16 February. This is a time to repay debts, make sacrifices to gods, and distribute 'lucky money'. Chinese New Year is celebrated the second full moon after the winter solstice.
  8. The ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Romans all celebrated New Year on different days. Even within western Christianity, the day has drifted, with Christmas Day, Easter Day and 1 and 25 March all popular. Because the festival was linked to the pagan event of Saturnalia, early Christians called for the New Year to be marked by prayer, fasting and 'humiliation'.
  9. In Papua New Guinea, villagers mark the New Year by banging drums and burning bamboo sticks.
  10. In Islamic countries, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, partying will be subdued during Ramadan.
  11. Israel observes the western New Year, but there is a Jewish New Year in September. Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten.
  12. India, which is 82 per cent Hindu, opts for the international New Year on 1 January. Tamil, Sikh and Punjabi New Years are independent celebrations on different dates. And Nepal will celebrate between April 17 and 18.
  13. Thailand will hold unofficial celebrations on 1 January. The 'formal' celebrations in April feature a national water fight.
  14. new years eve 1905142 640Ethiopia won't celebrate New Year until 11 September. The country has stuck to the old Julian calendar, which fails to reflect the true length of the year.
  15. Ancient Persians gave New Year's gifts of eggs, which symbolized productiveness.
  16. "Auld Lang Syne" is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year's Eve. It was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788. He may have based it on a folk song.
    The words auld lang syne mean "times gone by".
  17. In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.
  18. In the USA, the first rooftop celebration atop One Times Square, a fireworks display, took place in 1904 and was produced by The New York Times to inaugurate their new headquarters in Times Square and celebrate the renaming of Longacre Square to Times Square.
  19. In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, some families stuff a large doll, which is called Mr. Old Year, with memories from the past year. They also dress him in clothes from the outgoing year. At midnight, he is set ablaze, thus burning away the bad memories.
  20. In the USA, it is believed good luck to eat foods like black eyed peas, ham and cabbage because it is thought they bring prosperity. But if you want to have a happy new year, don’t eat lobster or chicken. Lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune.

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