Time is moving quickly as we jump into the New Year, 2016! Today, many around the world enjoy traditions to bestow good luck for the year ahead. New Year’s celebrations date all the way back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon! Beginning on New Year’s Eve, it’s common to hear and see spectacular fireworks, and the well-awaited countdown to midnight.
In the United States, the popular New Year’s tradition is the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. This tradition began in 1907 and has continued ever-since! Millions of people from around the world watch the event live from their televisions. Over time, the ball has evolved from a 700-pound iron-and-wood ball to a brightly patterned sphere that weighs nearly 12,000 pounds! Other towns have joined in the tradition with their own versions, including Dillsburg Pennsylvania, which drops pickles at midnight.
In other countries, such as Spain, people traditionally bolt down twelve grapes before midnight, which symbolizes their hopes for the new year. In some countries, legumes such as lentils and black-eyed peas are eaten before New Year’s, which signifies future financial success. In some cultures, pork is eaten to signify progress and prosperity.
However you decide to celebrate, we hope that you and your family have a safe and happy New Year!
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