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Monthly Trivia: New Year

NewYear

Here in Monthly Trivia, we state facts about the month that you may not have known about. Give yourself some knowledge on the fun, exciting, weird and silly little tidbits about New Year:

  • Hail Caesar! The First Ever New Year’s Celebration was over 4,000 Years Ago

  • The famous Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop first started in 1907

  • “Auld Lang Syne,” the title of a Scottish folk song that many English speakers sing at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, roughly translates to “days gone by.”

  • An estimated 1 billion people around the world watch each year as a brightly lit ball descends down a pole atop the One Times Square building at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

  • As part of his reform, Caesar established January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future.

  • In medieval Europe, Christian leaders replaced January 1 as the first of the year with days carrying more religious significance, such as December 25 (the anniversary of Jesus’ birth) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation). Pope Gregory XIII reestablished January 1 as New Year’s Day in 1582.

  • According to tradition, babies born on the first of the year grow up to enjoy the luckiest of lives, bringing joy and good fortune to those around them.

  • The early Romans used March 1 as New Year's Day. Other cultures used the autumn equinox or the winter solstice to mark the new year.

  • 1582 - The Gregorian calendar, which marks January 1 as the new year, is adopted by the Roman Catholic Church.

  • November 11, 2008 - A "new" New Years Eve ball is introduced. The ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter and weighing 11,875 pounds. It is built to withstand high winds and fluctuating temperatures. Waterford Crystal introduces a different pattern for each New Years celebration.


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