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New Year Facts  

The concept of the New Year celebration dates back to 2000 B.C. Mesopotamians were the first people to celebrate New Year. Now, different people celebrate the day in their own different way, some celebrate with food, some with fireworks. It is an old tradition to tale resolutions on this day to break bad habits and start some good ones. In most parts of the world, January 1 is celebrated as the New Year. It is also believed that the emperor of Rome, Julius Caesar was the first one to declare this day as a national holiday. He named the month January after the Roman god of doors and gates, Janus.

Quick Facts: –

  • It was never a standard practice celebrating New Year on January 1. Earlier, March 1 was celebrated by Romans.
  • Some other cultures also used the autumn equinox or the winter solstice to mark the New Year.
  • Top resolutions made by people on this day are: – to lose weight and stay fit, to stay organized, to quit smoking etc.
  • Approximately one million people gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop.
  • The Persians used to gift eggs on New Year in ancient times. It symbolizes productivity.
  • Eating black eyed peas, ham and cabbage on the New Year’s Day is believed to bring good luck in several parts of the United States.
  • Around 2000 BC, the Babylonians celebrated the day on March 23.
  • In Spain and Peru, people eat 12 grapes to bring good luck in the coming 12 months.
  • ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is the song that is traditionally sung on New Years’. It means ‘times gone by’.
  • Firecrackers and noisemakers became a tradition in order to scare away any evil spirits and ensure a year of good luck.
 

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