Nine things you maybe didn’t know about New Years:
- The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. The Babylonians observed the beginning of spring as the start of a new year. It only began to be celebrated on January 1 about 200 years ago.
- Traditionally it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year’s Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.- I like this one!!
- One of the most venerable New Years traditions is the champagne toast at midnight to ring in the new year. Toasting can be traced back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who would pour wine, to be shared among those attending a religious function, from a common pitcher. The host would drink first, to assure his guests that the wine was not poisoned. Poisoning the wine was a fairly common practice in ancient times, designed to do away with one’s enemies. In those days the wine was not as refined as it is today so a square of burned bread (toast) would be floated in the wine bowl and then eaten by the last person to drink. The bread was put there to absorb the extra acidity of the wine in order to make it more palatable. Eventually, the act of drinking in unison came to be called a toast, from the act of “toasting” or putting toast into the wine.
- Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year’s eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck.
- A popular superstition in the Mediterranean and Latin American countries, many revelers suggest eating 12 grapes at midnight to ensure good luck for each month of the coming year. Be sure to have plenty of grapes on hand for your guests. For a fun twist, plop one or two in a glass of champagne for the midnight toast.
- Sydney, Australia hosts the first major New Year’s Eve celebration each year.
- The resolution to lose weight is the most popular resolution in the US!!!
8.Wearing red on New Years Eve is said to bring good luck. In Italy people wear red underwear to bring good luck. It brings me luck too, especially when that dark haired man is involved!
9.In many places, the coming of the new year is celebrated by singing the traditional Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne“. “auld lang syne” means old long ago.
Happy New Year to all!! Cheers!