We celebrated Christmas and then we celebrated New Year… A lot of enthusiasm, a lot of fun, hell lot of resolutions… barrel full of booze, plates full of delicacies… It is one of the most happening times of the whole year and we kinda sit and wait patiently for the time to come. But! Did you ever try to know where this New Year concept originated from? What are the different New Year customs followed all over the world? If not, here is a list of 30 interesting New Year facts that you will really enjoy:
Interesting New Year Facts: 1-10
1. New Year celebrations are not new. The concept actually dates back to 2000 BC. The Mesopotamians used to celebrate New Year!
2. 1st January as New Year was never a standard practice. Romans for instance celebrated March 1 as New Year. Some other cultures went for winter solstice or summer equinox.
3. The Roman Catholic Church was the one to adopt 1st January as New Year. Well, 1st January as New Year was marked by Georgian Calendar.
4. 1st January was accepted as New Year in 46 BC by Julius Caesar. England and the American colonies of England adopted the date long time later in 1752.
5. The month of January derives its name from a two-faced God named Janus. Janus’ one face looked forward while the other looked backward.
6. New Year is usually considered to be the best time for making resolutions. Resolutions usually mean people want to give up some bad habits and pick up some good habits but resolutions may not necessarily be about habits.
7. New Year gifts also date back to ancient times when the Persians used to gift eggs symbolizing productivity.
8. Whatever New Year traditions we speak of are actually meant for bringing good luck. For instance, eating black-eyed peas on the day of New Year is believed to bring good luck in several parts of the United States.
9. Speaking of traditions, we cannot miss out on the Estonian practice of eating 7, 9 or 12 meals on the eve of New Year. They believe that eating that many meals will give them the strength of that many people in the year that follows.
10. Finnish people have a weird tradition which goes by the name molybdomancy. This is all about telling fortunes. A small amount of led is melted in a small pan using a small stove. The melted metal is then thrown into a bowl full of cold water. The liquid metal solidifies and the resulting shape of the solid metal is then analyzed in candle light to tell the fortune of a person in the coming year.