1.New Year is the oldest of all holidays, as it was first observed in ancient Babylon as many as 4000 years ago.
2.In various South American countries like Bolivia, Ecuador or Brazil, there is this tradition to wear yellow underwear immediately after midnight as it seems that yellow brings good luck. All women in Mexico who want to find their love in the new year have to wear red underwear.Italians wear red underwear for good luck.
3.The first month of the year i.e. January has been named after God Janus (Latin word for door), in the Roman calendar. Janus is the God with two faces, one looking backwards and one forward, at the same time and marks the ‘spirit of the opening’.
4.According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than on any other holiday throughout the year in USA.
5.The Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball came about as a result of a ban on fireworks. The first ball, in 1907, was an illuminated 700-pound iron and wood ball adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs. Today, the round ball weighs 11,875-pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is bedazzled with 2,668 Waterford crystals.
6.The average New Year’s Eve party has a guest list of less than 50 people.
7.POPE GREGORY XIII chose January 1st as the first day of the New Year in 1582.It is according to Gregorian Calender.
8.The most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. About 60% of all Americans will establish that resolution this year.The Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions.
9.Island nations of Kiribati and Samoa are the first to welcome the New Year while Honolulu, Hawaii is among the last places to welcome the New Year.
10.Just as Santa Claus is the mascot of Christmas,the mascot of New Year’s Eve is Father Time.