6 Fun New Year’s Day Facts

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Many people are making plans to be a part of exciting New Year’s parties. With less than two weeks until 2016, this New Year’s celebrations promise to be as awesome as ever!

The purpose of this article is to take you back in time to explore some facts about New Year’s Day. You will find these facts interesting and good enough to share with others!

1.      The first New Year’s Day celebration was observed more than 4000 years ago!

The first-ever New Year’s Day was observed by the Babylonians. This ancient civilization is considered to be among the most advanced. It’s fitting that they were the first to celebrate New Year’s Day more than 4000 years ago.

The legendary Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome, was the first to declare New Year’s Day as a holiday. He did this in the year 46 B.C.

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Caesar is already credited with coining the word “January”. He named the month after Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors.

Janus was popularly known for his two faces – one looking forward and the other backward. Caesar felt that Janus would serve as a meaningful name for the first month of the year. It allows people to do an introspection looking at the year gone by while looking forward with hope.

2.      Resolution time!

The New Year provides people with the opportunity to make resolutions that help them lead better lives. Some of the most popular resolutions revolve around losing weight, giving up bad habits and focusing on saving more.

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Millions of Americans enter the New Year with hope that their resolutions will help them become better individuals. The sad thing is that around 25% abandon their resolutions by the 2nd week of January!

3.      Have you been a part of New York’s Time Square Ball?

Time Square in New York is witness to the world’s most famous public New Year’s celebration.

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Popularly known as the ball drop, it features a ball that descends 141 feet down a custom designed flagpole. The whole spectacle takes 1 minute to complete – it begins at 11:59 p.m. and ends at midnight.

The event is preceded by live musical performances. More than 1 million people gather to witness the ball drop every year.

4.      Have you heard of Oshogatsu before?

Oshogatsu is the Japanese phrase for New Year. It is considered to be the most auspicious holiday for the Japanese.

“Forget the past year” parties are held all through Japan to wish goodbye to problems of the past year. People seek friends and ask for forgiveness for mistakes committed. Houses and streets are cleaned and made to look spanking new.

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Japanese children look forward to Oshogatsu because they receive gifts with money from family members.

Another highlight of Oshogatsu is the striking of gongs 108 times at Buddhist temples. This is done at midnight on the 31st of December. The number 108 has significance. It represents 108 kinds of human weaknesses.

5.      It’s the perfect time for thieves!

Stats from the Crime Bureau reveal that more vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other day of the year! It doesn’t matter whether your car is new or old, vehicle thieves spare no one!

Just make sure you park your car in well-lit spots with a lot of people moving around. Thieves are likely to strike in busy areas.

6.      Do you know the song that’s most popular on New Year’s Eve?

There are chances you haven’t heard of Auld Lang Syne before. This song has Scottish origins and was introduced by famous port Robert Burns way back in 1796. Burns is not the song’s creator but he is credited for refining it.

I bet Burns never imagined his song would be more popular now than it was 200 years ago!

We hope you found these facts useful. We also hope you have planned a marketing campaign for the New Year. Get in touch with us if you need insights on which products to opt for to welcome 2016 with a bang. We look forward to serving your branding needs!

Check out our range of corporate Holiday Gifts. You will find the products economical and useful as marketing tools!

We wish you a memorable New Year 2016 in advance!

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Jayden Samuelson
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