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11 FACTS ABOUT NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY
The birth of a New Year is celebrated in most of the world’s countries, making the celebration of the eve and the day an occasion of global celebration.
What do you know about the New Year?
- The oldest of holidays, it was first celebrated when?
- Where was the first celebration of the New Year?
- Do all countries celebrate New Year’s on January 1?
- Where in the world do the first celebrations of the New Year occur?
- Where in the world do the last celebrations of the New Year occur?
- Traditionally, it was thought that people could alter the luck they would have throughout the coming year. How could they do this?
- Why is New Year’s celebrated with noisemaking and fireworks?
- What feast does the Catholic Church observe on New Year’s Day?
- Why are ring-shaped foods favored on New Year’s Eve and day?
- When did the very first Times Square ball lowering occur?
The traditional New Year Eve midnight song, Auld Lang Syne, is a ( nationality) song written by (author) in the (era), and its words literally mean (meaning).
It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year’s Day
WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY NEW YEAR CONTAINING MANY BLESSINGS.
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- About 4000 years ago.*
- In Ancient Babylon.*
- On several Pacific Islands: Kiritimati, Christmas Island, and Kiribati**
- American Samoa, Niue, and the United States Minor Outlying Islands**
- By what they did or ate on the first day of the year. It has, therefore, become important to celebrate first day of the New Year in the company of family and friends*
- The noisemaking and fireworks are believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck.*
- The “Feast of Christ’s Circumcision.”***
- They symbolize coming full circle.***
- December 31, 1907***
The traditional New Year Eve midnight song, Auld Lang Syne, is a (Scottish) song written by (Robert Burns) in the (1700s), and its words literally mean (old long ago.***