Sunday, 1 January 2017

Did you know? - New Year’s edition

1. The top 10 resolutions are usually to lose weight, eat
more healthily, exercise more, stop smoking, stick to a
budget, save money, get more organized, be more
patient, find a better job and to just be a better person
over all.

2. Julius Caesar was the first to declare 1st January a public
holiday,  a month he named after Janus, the Roman God of
doors and gates.

3. There are only 14 possible calendars. One can re-use calendars
from these years: 2003, 1997, 1986, 1975, 1969, 1958, 1947, 1941,
1930 and 1919.

4. In Columbia, Cuba and Puerto Rico , families stuff a large doll,
Which is called Mr Old Year, with memories from the past year.
They dress him in clothes from the outgoing year, and at midnight,
he is set ablaze thus, burning away the bad memories.

5. It’s tradition to ring in New Year’s with family and friends because the first people you see will either give you good luck or bad luck. So make sure to keep friends close and foes very far away.

6. More vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday, statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed.

7. In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.

8. It’s good luck to eat foods like black eyed peas, ham and cabbage because it is thought they bring prosperity. But if you want to have a happy new year, don’t eat lobster or chicken. Lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune.

9. Chinese New Year is celebrated the second full moon after the winter solstice.

10. Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten.

11. In ancient Rome the new year began on March 1.

12. Some people wear adult diapers while celebrating New Year at
Time Square due to the lack of toilets.

13.  Ethiopia has 13 months. Their current year is still 2006 and
they celebrate New Years on September.

14.  In Korea and some other Asian countries, when you are born,
you are considered one year old and everyone’s age increases
one year on New Year’s. So if you were born on December 29th,
on New Year’s day, you will be considered 2 years old.

15. Russians celebrate the New Year twice, once on January 1st
and then again on January 14th.

16.  On New Year’s Day in Akita, Japan there is a tradition where
men dress as mountain demons, get drunk, and terrorize children
for being lazy or disobeying their parents.

17. Every December 25th a town in Peru celebrates “Takanakuy”.
Men, women, and children settle grudges with fistfights. Then
everyone goes drinking together, ready to start the New Year with
a clean slate.

18. In the  US, A kiss at the stroke of midnight signifies the purification into the New Year, and making deafening noise is said to drive away evil spirits.

19. In China, All knives are put away for 24 hours to keep anyone
form cutting themselves, because it is thought to cut the
families ’ good luck for the new year .

20. A very old custom with the  Chinese, is to name the years by
one of 12 animals in their zodiac cycle. For example, 2017 is a
year of the Rooster. Many Chinese still believe in astrology and
other New Year superstitions.

*interesting facts?  Please let me know in the comment section below.*

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