New Year’s- Facts about New Year’s.
I’m going to educate and enlighten you with some New Year historical facts and traditions passed down by generations in countries all over the globe.
- On New Year’s Day in 1976, a man named Danny Finegood changed the Hollywood sign to “Hollyweed” as a college prank in order to celebrate the decriminalization of marijuana and got an “A” for it. (source-)
- New Year celebrations are not new. The concept actually dates back to 2000 BC. The Mesopotamians used to celebrate New Year!
- 1st January as New Year was never a standard practice. Romans, for instance, celebrated March 1 as New Year. Some other cultures went for winter solstice or summer equinox.
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- Some people wear adult diapers while celebrating New Year at Time Square due to the lack of toilets (Source-)
- 1st January was accepted as New Year in 46 BC by Julius Caesar. England and the American colonies of England adopted the date long time later in 1752.
- Ethiopia has 13 months. Their current year is still 2006 and they celebrate New Years on September 11.(Source-)
- According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day more than any other holiday.
- New Year gifts also date back to ancient times when the Persians used to gift eggs symbolizing productivity.
- When religion was suppressed in Soviet Russia, Santa/St. Nick was replaced with Grandfather Frost, called the spirit of winter, who brought gifts on New Year’s and placed them under the “New Year tree” (source-)
- Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and 25% of those give up. The top resolutions are: to lose weight, get organized, spend less and save more, to stay fit and get healthy, and to quit smoking
- Prior to 1753, Britain and its possessions celebrated the New Year on March 25 (Annunciation Day). Furthermore, 1752 only lasted nine months, as the dates from 01/01 to 03/24 (as well as September 3 to 13) were skipped in order for 1753 to begin on 01/01 like in other countries.(source-)
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