New year’s day is a joyful day where people usually spend the time with their love ones. They watch the fireworks at midnight (new year’s eve), go to theme park and have a picnic with their family, stay at home and watch tv programs, etc. But, have you ever thought about the history of this tradition? In this post, we will share some facts related to ‘new year.’
- The first ‘new year’ was celebrated 4,000 years ago by the ancient Babylonians at the beginning of spring.
- Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar and established January 1 as the start of the new year.
- It is believed that the first people you see on the new year will define your luck during the years. So, make sure to keep your loved ones close and enemies far away on the new year’s eve.
- Lighting up fireworks on new year’s eve in some countries is believed to dispell bad spirits and unpleasant memories of the past.
- The top three places to celebrate new year’s eve are Las Vegas, Disney World and, of course, New York City.
- One of the biggest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Auld Lang Syne, the traditional New Year’s song, is written by Robert Burns in the 1700s. It is Scottish for “old long ago.”
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