Fun Fact Friday: New Year

Welcome to 2018! On Sunday into Monday people across the world celebrated the dawn of a New Year. This got us thinking, where did the New Year come from? Did our ancestors place as much importance on celebrating the turn of the year? We found out.

  1. Not everyone celebrates the New Year on the same day. In fact Ethiopia has 13 months meaning they’re still in 2006. When Ethiopians do bring in a new year it is celebrated on 11 September.
  2. Back in 2006 the Space Shuttle never flew on New Year’s eve or day because the computers couldn’t handle the rollover.
  3. It appears the way ancient Hawaiian’s celebrate New Year is the way forward. Their New Year last for four months where war was forbidden, people stopped working and everyone spent time dancing, eating and generally having a good time. What a start to the year!
  4. Going into the New Year holding a grudge is never fun that’s why a small town in Peru get involved in an event called on Takanakuy, on 25 December. Here locals – men, women and children – settle grudges with fistfights. After everyone goes out drinking ready to start the New Year with a clean slate.
  5. Russians love New Year celebrations so much they have it twice, once on 1 January and again on 14 January.
  6. After the French revolution France briefly introduced and used a new calendar system. The calendar was based on the decimal system with 10 days a week, 10 hours a day, 100 minutes per hour and 100 seconds per minute. The calendar started at Year 1 but it didn’t last long.
  7. Fireworks are a big part of New Year celebrations. Nowhere are they more extreme than Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, where their display is the largest in the world and the sale of fireworks fund rescue operations. Doing good with a bang.
  8. Times Square in New York is one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the world. The very first event took place in 1904 in honour of the new headquarters for The New York Times.
  9. The Times Square Ball dropped for the first time in 1907
  10. Thailand also like to celebrate in unique and interesting ways. New Year’s Day includes a state sponsored multiple day water fight.

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