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Fun Facts About New Year’s Celebrations

As we kick off the start of the spring semester this week, we want to wish all of our clients and friends a Happy New Year!

Here are some fun facts about New Year’s celebrations:

  1. The earliest recorded New Year’s celebration dates back over 4,000 years to ancient Babylon.

  2. The tradition of the "New Year’s Kiss" we all know and love is rooted in ancient Roman culture. It is believed to have come from their Saturnalia festival, which celebrated Saturn, the Roman god of time.

  3. The island of Kiribati is the first region to celebrate the New Year, and American Samoa is the last.

  4. If you plan accordingly, it is possible to depart from one country on New Year’s Day and land in another country on New Year’s Eve.

  5. The most common New Year’s resolution is to get healthier, but less than 20% of resolutions survive past February.

  6. The consumption of round foods signifies the cyclical cycle of time and symbolizes that the year has come full circle.

  7. The now-traditional gathering in Times Square began in 1904 as a celebration of the opening of The New York Times building, but the infamous "ball drop" didn’t begin until 1907.

  8. The Times Square Ball has a different pattern every year.

  9. Many cities across the United States have their own traditions. For example,

    1. Miami, FL raises an orange named "Mr. Neon"

    2. Hershey, PA drops a large Hershey’s Kiss

    3. Mechanicsburg, PA drops a wrench

    4. Dillsburg, PA drops a pickle

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