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Holiday season is wrapping up and so is the end of the year! That means it is time to ring in the new year with a #FunFactFriday about the holiday!

  • New-year celebrations date back to Babylonian times, however, the new year wasn’t celebrated in January until the Julian calendar was adopted in 45 B.C.
  • The new year begins in January to honor the two-faced god, Janus. Each face represents looking into the past and future.
  • The New Years party in New York was initiated by the New York Times to celebrate the new year and its new headquarters in Times Square.
  • The ball that is dropped every year has gotten heavier.  The geosphere that will be dropped this year weighs more than 11,000 pounds!
  • The song Auld Lang Syne is sung at midnight “for the sake of old times” and to reflect on the past year.

No matter how you decide to celebrate the new year, we hope it is filled with family, love, luck and prosperity (but you may want to eat some black-eyed peas for luck, just in case)!

Marissa Baker
Marissa Baker
Native to Phoenix, Marissa has recently moved back to continue her career in communication. On the weekends you can find her in the first row at a concert, or exploring hiking trails.

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