New Years Interesting Facts

New Year’s Eve is only a few hours again. Although the pandemic has not passed, we must remain optimistic that this year will be better than the previous year. Before we celebrate the new years, there are some New Year facts that the author has collected from several sources:

The first New Year was in March 

Do you know that the earliest people was not celebrate New Year’s on January 1 ?. About 4,000 years ago, the people of ancient Babylon began their new year in March and this events held until 11 days. This festival held to celebrate the beginning of spring and the fact that crops were being planted for the coming year.

Who changed it to January 1st?

About 400 years ago, pope Gregory XIII introduced the gregorian calender that we used now. He also declare that the new years should be January 1.

How does everyone celebrate?

Some country have different tradition to celebrate new years. In North America, people celebrate new years by gathering with family and friends. In Greece, they make vasilopita, the cake that baked with coin inside it. In Spain, to bring happiness all the years, they eat 12 grapes at midnight on new years eve. In Bolivia, people usually hang homemade dolls outside house to get good luck. While in Japan, to banish bad spirit, they sound bells and gong at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

What’s with the fireworks? 

The fireworks tradition come from centuries ago. The tradition that have been invented by the Chinese is to chase away evil spirits and bring good luck.

Why do we make resolutions?

This tradition believed come from the ancient Babylonians, who made promises to begin the year off right and to earn the approval of their gods.

What’s that song they always sing?

The song that traditionally sing at new years is Auld Lang Syne, or it is means “times gone by.” This song earliest performed by a Canadian bandleader named Guy Lombardo. He performed this song at midnight at a New Year’s Eve party in New York City in 1929 and become famous after that.

Who celebrates first… and last?

The first place that celebrate first is the tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati. This island become the first placed that celebrate new years because located in the world’s earliest time zone. The last place that celebrate new years belongs to American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean.

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