Interesting Facts About New Year’s Day: A Memorable Day Of The Year

New Year’s Day is one of the most favorite celebration days for several people. Parties aside, the coming New Year usually brings hope for a happy and more prosperous 365 days. New Year’s Day, also known as New Year, is always observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the Julian calendar as well as the modern Gregorian calendar.
Today, with many countries currently using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year’s Day is possibly the most celebrated public holiday, usually observed with the fireworks at the midnight stroke since the New Year starts in every time zone. Other universal New Years’ Day traditions include calling one’s family and friends and making New Year’s resolutions.
January 1 symbolizes the fresh start of the New Year after a remembrance period of the passing year, including on television, radio, and in newspapers that begin in early December in nations all over the world.
Various publications have year-end articles which review the changes during the past year. In some scenarios, the publications may set their whole year work light hoping that the smoke released from the flames brings new life to their company. Also, there are articles on expected or planned changes in the following year.
In cultures which currently or traditionally use the calendars other than the Gregorian, New Year’s Day is usually also a paramount celebration. Some countries use the Gregorian and another calendar concurrently. New Year’s Day in an alternative calendar draws alternative holidays of that New Year.
Babies born on a New Year’s Day are commonly known as New Year babies. Individual hospitals, such as Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in the United States, give out prizes to the first New Year baby born in that hospital.
The local businesses often donate these prizes. Prizes may include different baby-related items like gift certificates, diapers, baby blankets, and baby formula to the stores that deal with baby-related merchandise.
As we approach New Year’s Day, let’s look at some interesting facts about this special day:
1. 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Top resolutions are: to get organized, lose weight, to stay fit and healthy, to spend less and save more, and to quit smoking. Although almost half of the Americans make resolutions, 25% of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.
2. Ensure to be surrounded by loved ones or family on New Year’s Eve. The first individual you meet in the New Year could create the tone for the next twelve months. In fact, this applies to the couples too.
3. The first celebration of New Year’s dates back 4,000 years. Julius Caesar, a Roman emperor, was the first to declare January 1 a national holiday. Caesar named the month after Janus, a Roman god of gates and doors. Janus had two faces, one looking back and one looking forward. Caesar felt that a month named after this god would be appropriate.
4. The best three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve are Disney World, Las Vegas, and of course, the New York City. Worldwide, one of the greatest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. Over 80,000 fireworks are set off from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
5. In Italy, people wear red underwear on the New Year’s Day to bring good luck throughout the year. The tradition dates back to the medieval times.
6. Over in Japan, at midnight on the New Year’s Eve, gongs and bells sound to expel bad spirits. To leave the old year behind and welcome a new one, the Dutch make numerous bonfires in the street using the Christmas trees. Portuguese kids go door-to-door and sing songs for their neighbors. They may receive coins and sweets in return.
7. People consume over 360 million glasses of the sparkling wine during the New Year’s Day, and it is the biggest day for champagne consumption.
8. All celebrations don’t end happily. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more cars are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday.

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