10 Interesting Facts About New Year
Number 10: New Year in History.
The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year's arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox, the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness, heralded the start of a new year. The occasion was marked with a massive religious festival called Akitu, a Sumerian word for barley.
In 46 BC, Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today. As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year.
Number 9: January's Fitting Meaning.
January is named after the Latin word for door, since January is the door to the year and an opening to new beginnings. The month is conventionally thought of as being named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology.
Janus is depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. He presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and hence war and peace.
Number 8: Christian Feasts.
According to the Gospel of Luke, in keeping with the Jewish Law, Jesus was circumcised eight days after his birth. Considering December 25 as the traditional date of Jesus' birth, January 1 becomes a significant date among Christians.
For many Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Churches, January 1 is appropriately celebrated as the Feast of the Circumcision. For Roman Catholics, it is celebrated as the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus and the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.
Number 7: Auld Lang Syne.
Written by Robert Burns in 1788, Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish poem well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world. It may be translated into standard English as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long, long ago", "days gone by", or "old times". The essence of the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.
Number 6: Interesting Traditions.
From kissing at the stroke of the clock, to eating black-eyed peas, to lighting dozens of fireworks, to wearing polka dots, to throwing coins, and to jumping as high as one can possibly jump, January 1 is buffeted with so many traditions. Here's one interesting tradition.
In some Latin American countries, including Mexico and Brazil, it's believed the color of your undergarments will influence what kind of year you'll have. Tradition holds that yellow underwear will bring prosperity and success, red will bring love and romance, white will lead to peace and harmony, and green will ensure health and well-being.
Number 5: New Year's Resolutions.
In a recent survey from YouGov, the online polling firm, only 32 percent of people said they weren't planning on making New Year's resolutions - meaning most people do plan to set themselves new goals for the coming 12 months.
Here's the top 5 resolutions people told YouGov they were committed to fulfill in 2018. Eat better - 37 percent, exercise more - 37 percent, spend less money - 37 percent, take care of one self - 24 percent, and read more books - 18 percent.
Number 4: More Stolen Vehicles.
Statistics show that New Year's Day is the top holiday for car thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. For example, in 2013, 2,184 cars were stolen on New Year's Day, 1,998 on Halloween, and 1,972 on Memorial Day. The day with the least stolen cars is Christmas Day, with 1,224 cars stolen.
Number 3: New Year's Eve Ball Drop.
The Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop came about because of a ban on fireworks. The first ball in 1907 was 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. The current ball puts the old one to shame (thanks to technology). Today, it is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon LED lights, weighs 11,875 pounds, and is 12 feet in diameter.
Number 2: First and Last.
If you'd like to be among the first to welcome the New Year, then you'll want to visit the tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati. It's located in the world's earliest time zone, so it's always the first place on Earth to welcome a new year.
As for the last place to ring in the coming year? That title belongs to American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean.
Number 1: New Year's Movie.
Without any doubt, the gold award of best New Year's Eve movies goes to When Harry Met Sally. It's a perfect romantic film telling that Harry and Sally are intimate friends for years, but they fear sex would ruin their friendship.
To make audience happy, Harry finally confesses his deep love for Sally. And his best and classic words are still touching women's hearts. ''It's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve, I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."