NEW YEAR TRIVIA2
The top three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World and of course, New York City. Internationally, one of the biggest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. Back then, a 700-pound ball embellished with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood was dropped. Now, however, it weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with
2,668 Waterford crystals.
The tradition has continued in Times Square, except for in 1942 and 1943. The ball was not lowered because of wartime restrictions.
In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.
Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten.
In ancient Rome the new year began on March 1.