Auld Lang Syne: Three Quick Facts About New Year’s Eve

No matter what you’ve done through the year, you simply cannot wait for New Year’s Eve. The introduction of a new year gives you a clean slate. While you get ready to make a toast, we bring to you a few tidbits about the biggest time of the year.

The Early Bird Gets The Worm


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Because of various time zones, a celebration of New Year’s Day occurs every hour. The first country to bring in the new year is Samoa, which earned that honor after switching time zones back in 2011. The final country to reach the new calendar year is Baker Island.

Drop The Ball


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The most popular celebration of the new year takes place at Times Square. While celebrations in the area began in 1904, the iconic ball made its debut three years later.

The ball drop has been held every year except for 1942 and 1943 due to wartime blackouts during World War II.

It’s not just New Yorkers joining in on the fun. Thousands of tourists from all over the world pack the area to take part of ringing in the new year.

New Year’s Promise


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New Year’s Day is normally connected with the phrase “new year, new me.” New Year’s resolutions are one of the most popular traditions surrounding the holiday. Having a long list of goals set for the year gets your mind working.

The first people to start this trend were the Babylonians over 4,000 years ago. In the midst of a yearly religion festival known as Akitu, they made a list of promises to their gods. If they managed to fail on these promises, the people would be banished to hell.

The new year may be a bit scary for some. The most important thing about the celebration is being able to share it with friends and family.

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