A New Year is packed with 365 new days, 365 new chances.
New Year is a time for new thoughts, new beginning, new innings and new life. We are very fortunate that a big festival like Merry Christmas is followed soon by equally celebratory New Year. But did you ever attempt to learn how and when the concept of New Year originated? Or what are the different New Year customs around the world? If not, you will enjoy these 10 facts.
1. New Year celebrations are not a modern concept. They date back to 2,000 BC and the Mesopotamians are on record to have celebrated this occasion.
2. January 1st was never a standard day for New Year celebration. For instance, the Romans celebrated it on March 1st. Other communities did it on summer equinox or winter solstice. Even today, few parts of India celebrate New Year in the month of April.
3. The earliest known practice of presenting New Year gifts is traced back to ancient Persia when the Persians used to gift eggs to loved ones as a symbol of productivity.
4. The Estonians have a unique practice of devouring up to 12 different meals on the eve of New Year. They believe that this will give them strength in the ensuing year.
5. Speaking of New Year practice, the Danes throw dishes at others’ doorsteps. They believe this brings new friends, love and prosperity to the family on whose doorsteps they throw the dishes.
6. Spanish people also have a tradition of eating 12 grapes on the midnight of December 31st. They make New Year greetings and wishes at the time of eating this fruit believing that it brings good luck. This tradition was started in 1895.
7. Japanese people eat long noodles on New Year. Long noodles, they believe, signify long life.
8. Another New Year tradition in Japan is that worshippers ring bells in Buddhist temples an unbelievable 108 times to welcome their god Toshigami.
9. The people of the Netherlands burn Christmas trees and play fireworks on New Year eve. They believe that burning the trees signify purging of the old while the fireworks welcome the new.
10. The most common New Year resolutions include to quit smoking or drinking, save money, lose weight, and stay fit.
New Year 2018 is just around the corner. You can now starting planning what to gift your family and friends as well as what new things you would like to initiate and accomplish. Continue this rich yearly tradition. Wishes everybody good luck and a good time ahead. Buy New Year gifts for her or for your friends. Hundreds are of them are available online.