Here’s a special list of ten things you didn’t know about how do people celebrate New Year’s Eve around the world.
- There is a strong belief in America that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will ensure good luck in the new year. In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day, as they believe that it will bring good luck for the upcoming year.
- The world famous Time Square ball is made from Waterford Crystal and weighs over one thousand pounds. In 1942 and 1943, the ball was not dropped due to war restrictions.
- New Year’s Eve Resolutions is a very old tradition. It dates back to the Ancient Babylonians and in Mesopotamia and date back to 2000 B.C. The most common resolutions are: weight loss, getting organized, spending less and saving more, staying fit and quitting smoking.
- About 41% of American adults plan to kiss someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.
- Julius Caesar is the man responsible for establishing New Year’s Day at January 1st, with the Julian calendar.
- Ancient Persians gave eggs as New Year’s gifts, which symbolized productiveness.
- A “new” New Years Eve ball was introduced at November 11, 2008. New Year’s Eve celebration in New York attracts more than 1 million people each year, with about 1 more billion people watching the broadcast on television.
- 22% of Americans admit to falling asleep before midnight at New Year’s Eve.
- According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s statistics, New Year’s Day is the day with the most vehicles been stolen, than on any other holiday throughout the year.
- United States’ top three destinations to ring in the New Year are: Las Vegas, Disney World and New York City.
Happy new year everyone!!
(By G. Gritzalas)