New Year’s Tidbits: History & Other Facts

Posted on 12-31-2014 by
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Did you know that New Year’s Eve was not always on January 1st? It's true! There are a lot of interesting facts and tidbits surrounding our highly-celebrated holiday. Here are some interesting facts about NYE thanks to History:

History behind New Year’s Eve/Day

  • First recorded celebrations of the New Year go back 4,000 years ago to ancient Babylon
  • As part of Caesar’s reform, he instituted January 1 as the first day of the year.
  • The giant ball that drops in New York City has a 12 foot in diameter & weighs in at about 12,000 pounds.
  • Many Christian leaders in Medieval Europe replaced Jan. 1st as first of the year with more significant days such as December 25th and March 25th. January 1st, however was reestablished as the first day by Pope Gregory XIII in 1529.

Traditions from Around the World

  • Spain/ Spanish-Speaking Countries: people bolt down a dozen grapes-symbolizing their hopes for the months ahead-right before midnight
  • Austria, Hungary, Portugal & Cuba: people eat pork on New Year’s Eve because pigs represent progress and prosperity .
  • Netherlands, Mexico,& Greece: people eat ring-shaped cakes and pastries, a sign that the year has come full circle.
  • Sweden & Norway: people will eat rice pudding with an almond inside and it is said that whoever finds the nut can expect 12 months of good fortune.
  • United States: people watch /set of fireworks as well as watch the ball drop in New York City, NY.



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