There are few things I love more than fun facts. What’s not to love about them? They are educational and interesting; a win-win in my opinion. In a previous post I mentioned some fun facts about Halloween. I figured I’d do the same with the latest fast-approaching holiday that goes by the name New Year’s Eve.
Many people assume it’s just an excuse for drinking, screaming, and making-out with people, however, it is much more than that, although those are still a major part of it. Here are a few fun facts that will make any holiday party conversation that much more interesting.
- Food can bring good or bad luck. Eating black-eyed peas, ham or cabbage are thought to bring prosperity. My family munches on black-eyed peas every New Year’s Day for this reason. However, avoid lobsters, because they move backwards, and chicken, because they scratch in reverse. They are thought to bring bad luck in the upcoming year.
- “Dropping the Ball” isn’t just an expression. The world-renowned New York City Ball Dropping ceremony originated
because fireworks became to dangerous to use inside the city to signify the end of the new. The first ball lowered in 1907 was a 700-pound wooden and iron ball located on top of Times Tower. Nowadays, the famous ball dropped at midnight weighs a whopping 11,875 pounds and made out of Waterford Crystals!
- It’s a “red hot” tradition. Italians are known for their red sauces, red wine, and red hot love lives, but that’s not the only thing the color red is good for. Italians are said to wear red underwear as a good luck charm when the clock strikes midnight.
- The crowd determines your fate. It is said that the people you ring in the new year with determine the luck you have for the next 12 months. If you spend it with people you love, like friends and family, you’ll have good luck. If you are surrounded by those who you’d rather avoid, then bad luck may be upon you! So be cautious of whose party you attend because it just might seal your fate for the next year.
Can you believe 2011 is almost over? This year has been a great year for me, and I’m honestly sad to see it go. What are you looking forward to most in 2012?
(Information courtesy of www.holidays.net)