Fascinating Facts about New Year’s Day Celebrations Worldwide
On January 1st, Welcome 2021 with Great Hopes of a Much Better Year
In all likelihood, when the clock strikes midnight this December 31st, people in most parts of the world will welcome the New Year with great hopes while bidding goodbye to a most problematic year.
The celebration may not be as festive and fun-filled as in previous years owing to restrictions on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the New Year will surely receive a rousing welcome from people fed up with the troubles that the coronavirus has brought them.
Americans in particular are famous for hosting New Year’s Eve parties and counting down the seconds before the first day of the New Year. One of the most famous events held in the U.S. is the Times Square Ball Drop, which draws over a million spectators in New York City every year. With all the restrictions in place, it’s uncertain how this year’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop would look like.
January 1st is recognized around the world as the beginning of the New Year based on the Gregorian calendar. Here are some fascinating facts about New Year celebrations worldwide:
1. Different traditions mean different New Year celebrations.
There are many traditions related to the beginning of the year. In the Philippines, Filipinos believe in feasting on round foods and wearing polka dots during the New Year since they symbolize money and prosperity. In Spain, it is customary to eat two grapes quickly as soon as the clock strikes 12 to achieve good luck in all the 12 months of the year. In Finland, people try to predict their fortune for the year by melting tin in a container of water and reading the form it takes. In Denmark, they break plates in front of their friends’ houses to banish bad spirits. The same goes for the lighting of firecrackers in China.
2. The Chinese celebrate New Year on a different date.
The Chinese traditionally celebrate their new year on the new moon of the first lunar month, which falls between January 21st and February 21st.
3. New Year used to be celebrated in mid-March.
The first recorded celebration of the New Year was done in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) in 2000 BC. The people in that part of the world timed the celebration around the time of the vernal equinox, which is in mid-March. The date was changed to January 1st with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by most countries of the world.
4. The New Year Ball Drop is over 100 years old.
The Ball Drop has been a part of American tradition for the past century. The first one happened on December 31st, 1907.
Hit 2 Birds with 1 Stone to Start 2021!
The New Year is celebrated by different people in different ways. Some folks celebrate the event by getting rid of unwanted stuff in their homes and donating to charity to help less fortunate people. You can do both with the singular act of turning over a vehicle you no longer need to us at Breast Cancer Car Donations. We’ll use your donation to help save the lives of destitute breast cancer patients in your local area.
We’ll sell your car and use the proceeds to help fund the programs of our charity partners. The money will help these nonprofits sustain their delivery of life-saving services to financially struggling breast cancer patients. These charities provide them with financial assistance and easy access to medical facilities for their treatment. Other beneficiaries receive counseling, breast cancer screening, and other breast cancer prevention and education services.
Since our charity partners are IRS-certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, your donation will qualify you to receive the maximum tax deduction.
We’ll also provide you with our free professional towing service wherever you’re located in the United States.
On top of these material rewards, your donation will allow you to enjoy a most satisfying giving experience, knowing that your gift will be used to help save lives.
You can donate almost any type of vehicle regardless of its condition.
A Magnificent Way to Start the New Year
Start off the New Year magnificently with a wonderful act of charity aimed at saving lives. Your car donation will surely bring hope and relief to breast cancer sufferers in your place. Call Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or fill out our online donation form now!