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New Years Eve: Fun Facts and History

By Mavis Brown

New Years Eve is arguably one of the favorite holiday celebrations for most people. It could also be argued that New Years Eve is one of the most wild of all holidays. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau more cars are stolen on New Years Day rather than any other holiday.

The Time Square New Year’s Eve ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a ban on fireworks. Back then , the ball was only 700 pounds and had 25-watt bulbs made with iron and wood, the ball currently weighs 11,875, is 12 feet in diameter and is embellished with 2,668 Waterford crystals. This tradition has continued every year accept in 1942 and 1943 due to wartime restrictions.

Chinese New Year is celebrated on the second full moon after the winter solstice every year. In ancient Rome the new year was always celebrated on the first of March, rather than the first of January.

Superstitious people may say that eating black eyed peas, ham, and cabbage will bring good luck in the new year since it is thought that they bring prosperity. However, it is also said that eating lobster and chicken may undo your good fortune since lobsters can move in reverse and chickens scratch backwards. All in all, everyone rings in the new year with their own special traditions.

Information in this article came from the following website:  ibtimes.com/new-years-eve-trivia-fun-things-know-about-holiday-1523662

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