Although 2013 had its ups and downs, we are so excited to open the door to Father Time and welcome 2014!
I asked everyone in the office if they had any end-of-the-year traditions, and besides spending time with friends and diet resolutions, none of us had any culture-based celebration strategies. It wasn’t until I researched NYE traditions outside of the United States did I find some fascinating ways to ring in the new year.
1. The first New Year celebration was in Babylon about 4,000 years ago.
2. In the Philippines, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil and Germany, New Years Eve is a public non-working holiday.
3. The New York Times NYE ball weighs 1,070 lbs.
4. In ancient Rome, March 1st was considered to be the start of the new year.
5. The largest New Years Eve celebration is in Sydney, Australia.
6. In Spain, every time the clock chimes an hour closer to Midnight, they eat a grape.
7. The current Gregorian calendar that the United States and a lot of world uses became active in 1582 as a refinement of the Julius calendar.
8. The second new moon after the Winter Solstice determines the Chinese New Year.
9. In Thailand, the new year is also called “Water Festival”, where citizens visit family, parade with statues of Buddha and throw water on passers-by (to wash away bad luck).
10. In Scottland, it is tradition to sing “Auld Lang Syne” meaning “Oh Long Ago” on New Years Eve.
Maybe this has inspired you to make special plans for New Years Eve, like a new resolution or tradition to get rid of the bad joo joo that has clouded your life. Either way, whether you’re spending time with friends, family or pets, we are always on-call and ready for Emergency 24 hour service for your garage door needs.
See you next year!