Out with the Old, in with the New Year

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New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating with friends and family: a few hours with loved-ones to say goodbye to the past year and celebrate the new. It’s tradition to ring in the New Year with them because the first people you see will either give you good luck or bad luck.

Following are some interesting New Year’s facts gleaned from a variety of sources:

Photo credit: Nikada via istockphoto.com

Photo credit: Nikada via istockphoto.com

The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years ago by the ancient Babylonians.

Using a baby to signify the New Year stems back to 600 B.C. in ancient Greece.

According to escapehere.com, the top destinations for celebrating New Year’s Eve include New York City; Edinburgh, Scotland; Sydney, Australia; Paris; and London.

The infamous Time Square New Year’s Eve ball was first dropped in 1907 following a fireworks ban. At the time, the 700-pound ball was decorated with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood. Today’s New Year’s Eve ball weighs 11,975 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and embellished with 2,668 Waterford crystals.

Black eyed peas, pork and cabbage are traditional New Year’s Day foods because they are thought to bring good luck and prosperity.

Chinese New Year is celebrated the second full moon after the winter solstice, which this year fell on Dec. 22. That means it will occur on Feb. 8, 2016.

On Jan. 1, Italians wear red underwear to bring in good luck.

The traditional New Year’s song, Auld Lang Syne, means, “time goes by.” The words come from a 1788 poem written by Robert Burns of Scotland.

In Columbia, Puerto Rico and Cuba, many families stuff an old doll, named Mr. Old Year, with memories from the past year. At midnight, he is set afire to bury any bad memories.

More vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday according to the National Crime Information Center and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Common New Year’s Resolutions: Commonly Broken

According to Time magazine, the Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions are:

 Crawford & Company wants to know: What are your plans for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? What are your 2016 New Year’s resolutions?

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