Happy New Year’s Eve! Happy celebrating. I’m looking forwared to reconnecting again with everyone in 2010!
It is often thought that the first visitors you see after ringing in the New Year would bring you good or bad luck, depending on who you keep as friends and enemies. That’s why most people celebrating on New Year’s Eve often do so with friends and family.
If the first person to visit you was a tall and dark-haired man, this was especially lucky.
Items or food that is ring-shaped is also good luck. This symbolizes “coming full circle”, which is what one year does. Some cultures eat ring-like food through the evening and through the night to ensure that good luck will be bestowed upon everyone who eats. The Dutch often eat doughnuts.
Black-eyed peas (usually with ham) are often consumed in certain parts of the United States. These are thought to bring good fortune in cultures around the world, not just in the U.S.
Other foods that are eaten on New Year’s Eve are cabbage because the leaves represent prosperity. Ham (or a hog) also symbolizes prosperity. In Asian cultures, rice is a hearty and lucky staple that is eaten around midnight to signify the coming year of fortune.
Auld Lang Syne is sung at midnight to toast in the New Year. The song was composed by Robert Burns sometimes in the 1700’s. The term means “old long ago” or “the good old days.”
December 31, 1907 saw the very first ball lowering in Times Square.
Stats of the first New York ball: 700 pounds; 5 feet in diameter. The ball was made from wood and iron.
The modern ball that is dropped is made from Waterford Crystal and weights over 1,000 pounds. There are over 9,000 LED lights, but uses hardly any energy. The ball begins to drop at 11:59 and completes the journey exactly at midnight to ring in the New Year.
The ball was not lowered in 1942 and 1943 due to wartime restrictions.
On New Year’s Eve, about 75% of American Parties are with 20 people or less.