9 Fun Things To Know About The Holiday

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The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.

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The top three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World and of course, New York City.

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The tradition has continued in Times Square, except for in 1942 and 1943. The ball was not lowered because of wartime restrictions.

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In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.

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Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten.

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The traditional New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne,” means, “times gone by.”

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In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, before New Year's Eve, some families stuff a large doll, which is called Mr. Old Year, with memories from the past year. They also dress him in clothes from the outgoing year. At midnight, he is set ablaze, thus burning away the bad memories.

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If the first person to visit you on New Year's Eve was a tall and dark-haired man, this was especially lucky.

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Stats of the first Times Square Ball: 700 pounds; 5 feet in diameter. The ball was made from wood and iron.