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New Year’s Day Remembered and Fun Facts

new year's dayThe history behind New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Day is observed on January 1st.  It marks the end of the old year and the first day of the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar.  It’s a time for Americans to reflect on their past and hope for a better future.  Many traditions have been practiced over time, to hopefully ensure good luck for the New Year.  One such tradition is the making of resolutions to break old habits and/or begin new ones.  However you choose to celebrate the occasion, I wish you all the best for a Happy and Health New Year!

History of New Year’s Day:

1.  The tradition has its humble beginnings in Mesopotamia where the first known celebrations occurred in 2000 B.C.

2.  New Year’s Day is celebrated throughout the world, just not on a common date.  Romans celebrated New Year’s Day on March 1st while other cultures celebrated the New Year by the autumn equinox or winter solstice.  This suggests that New Year’s Day may be in part connected to pagan traditions.

3.  The Gregorian calendar marks January 1st as the New Year. The Roman Catholic Church adopted this date in 1582.  Other cultures and countries later adopted the Gregorian calendar.  Today Gregorian calendar is internationally the most widely used civil calendar.

Fun facts about New Year’s Day:

1.  New Year’s Day is the one holiday celebrated by most countries; probably the world’s most unifying celebration.  Fireworks occur at the stroke of midnight throughout the different times zones as the first day of the New Year begins.

2.  The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus.

3.  The first time on New Year’s Eve that the ball dropped in Times Square was on December 31, 1907.  Today, just about a million people make the excursion to a Times Square to see the ball drop.

4.  The New Year’s Eve Ball in Times Square weighs 11,875 pounds. It’s so much heavier than the first ball dropped in 1907 at 700 pounds.   The current ball used today was created by the Waterford Crystal Company.  Its shape is that of a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal Triangles.

5.  The song “Auld Lang Syne” is traditionally sung at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.  It was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788.  The title “Auld Lang Syne” means “time goes by”.


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  1. Wishing you a very blessed and fulfilling New Year Lew!

    With love,


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