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Happy New Year

New Years Traditions

Since 1907 the “ball drop” has taken place in Times Square in New York. Every New Years Eve a specially designed ball is dropped at 11:59 ET. One million people gather to watch the ball make its one-minute descent, which arrives at exactly midnight. The original ball was made of iron and wood however the current ball is made of Waterford Crystal, which weighs in at 1,070 pounds and which is also six feet in diameter.

A traditional southern New Year’s dish is Hoppin’ John—black eyed peas and ham hocks. An old saying goes, “Eat peas on New Year’s day to have plenty of everything the rest of the year.”

Another American tradition is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Tournament of Roses parade that precedes the football game on New Year’s day is made up of elaborate and inventive floats. The first parade was held in 1886 and now features floats with 18 million flowers.

Chinese New Year

The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle.

  • Lucky Colors: gold, brown, yellow
  • Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, and 8
  • Lucky Flowers: gladiola, cockscomb

New Years Facts

  • In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, 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.
  • The traditional New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne,” means, “times gone by”.
  • Many people ring in the New Year by popping open a bottle of champagne. Americans drink close to 360 million glasses on New Year’s.
  • According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more vehicles are stolen on New Year’s day than any other holiday.

Top New Years Resolutions

According to Statistic Brain, Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. However, 25 percent of Americans give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.

Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family