Before we close 2015 and begin a New Year here are some fun facts and traditions about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day around the world.
New Year’s Eve
• Make New Year’s Eve plans with your family and closest friends. It is believed that the first people you see when the New Year begins will either give you good luck or bad luck. I suggest you keep your enemies far away.
• Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 and was a 700-pound ball made with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood. Today, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is made with 2,688 Waterford Crystals.
• 1 million people will gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop. 2,000 pounds of confetti are dropped on the crowd.1 billion people will watch on TV.
• 44 percent of American adults plan to kiss someone at midnight, 61 percent say a prayer and 22 percent admit to falling asleep before midnight.
• In Columbia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, some families stuff a large doll, called Mr. Old Year, with memories for the past. He is dressed in clothes from the outgoing year and set on fire at midnight to burn away the bad memories.
• 360 million glasses of sparkling wine is consumed by Americans during the holiday season.
New Year’s Day
• The traditional New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne”, means “times gone by”.
• In Italy, people wear red underwear to bring good luck all year long.
• Traditional foods eaten on New Year’s Day are legume and leafy greens for money or fortune, pork for progress and prosperity and ring-shaped cakes and pastries to celebrate the year coming full circle.
• The top resolutions for the New Year are weight loss and physical activity, stop smoking and financial or career goals. 25 percent of Americans give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.
• According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day. Grand Avenue encourages you to leave your cars at home locked up and book transportation instead.
What are your traditions for the New Year?
Grand Avenue would like to wish you a safe and Happy New Year!!!
Data and Information from ibtimes.com, cnn.com and patch.com