When : Always January 17th
Yep, believe it or not they have come up with a day to help us out of our New Year’s Resolutions. You read that right. It’s “help us out of” not ‘keep our’ resolutions. For many of us, even tho it’s barely 2 weeks after New Year’s, there are probably a few resolutions we made that we have broken and feel guilty about already (especially if they were made after a few glasses of champagne). If you haven't accomplished, broken, or given up your New Year's resolutions, tomorrow is your chance to get out from under them.
In honor of the day, I thought it would be fun to pass on this bit of New Year’s Trivia.
These are the ‘Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions’ people make. Any of these look familiar?
New Year’s Eve Tradition Beginnings
The first New Year’s Eve ball to drop in Times Square happened in 1907.
The New York's Waterford crystal ball is 6ft dia. and weighs 1070lbs.
Did you know that in Flaggstaff, AZ they drop a pinecone on New Year’s Eve?
Bangor, Maine dropps a purple beach ball decorated with Christmas lights.
Seattle, WA. does their countdown with an elevator.
The first ‘Tournament of Roses’ parade was in 1890.
The baby to signify the New Year was first used in Greece in approx. 600BC
If You Want An Extra Special New Year’s Eve
The largest annual New Year's Eve celebration happens in Sydney, Australia.
The Aussies set off approximately 80,000 fireworks off of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. (if you decide to go, don’t forget to book online thru All About Travel).
For Celebrating With Our Jewish Friends
I must admit, I am not Jewish and do not know a much about this. If anyone would like to add something, please feel free to comment.
The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. While most of us know that much, did you know that Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year”?
Apples and honey are eaten to symbolize a “sweet new year”.
Rosh Hashanah, which actually lasts for 2 days, is considered to be ‘one long day’.
For 2008 Rosh Hashanah begins from sundown Sept. 29th and ends at night on Oct. 1st.
For Those Who Celebrate the Chinese New Year, Gung Hay Fat Choy!
The Lunar New Year’s first cycle of the Chinese zodiac dates as far back as 2600BC.
The first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February.
In 2008, on the Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on February 7th.
This year is The Year of the Rat, and if you were born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, or 1996 you were born under this sign. If you weren’t born in these years but would like to see what Chinese Zodiac Sign you were born under, go to http://www.chinese.astrology.com/
And Last But Not Least
Did you know that a raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top?