Did you know one-fifth of all charitable donations are made in the final 48 hours of the year? Also, both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are among the top six days for car thefts!
But first, the calendar. The main difference between Julian and Gregorian calendars is that an average year in Julian calendar is 365.25 days while an average year in Gregorian calendar is 365.2425 days. Gregorian calendar is the normal calendar we currently use to determine the date. Julian calendar was used from 46 B.C to 1582.
Countries all around the world have their own unique New Years traditions – lentils (Brazil and Italy), suckling pig (Austria) and grapes (Spain). The Danish, for example, smash broken china on friends’ front doors, supposedly in a sign of affection. But you obviously don’t need to go global to learn a lot about New Years.
We have plenty of customs right here at home in the United States, from watching a giant crystal-covered ball drop in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight and drinking sparkling spirits at midnight to eating black-eyed peas and making New Years resolutions to begin at the start of the New Year on January 1st. Many people also listen and sing the song Auld Lang Syne as they look forward to the coming year.
You might not know that the Times Square ball weighs nearly six tons, or that more than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed in the U.S. each New Years Eve.
In the infographic below, you can check out everything from our eating, drinking and spending habits to travel plans, midnight prayers, DUIs and hangovers. (Uh!)
53 New Years Fun Facts
Want to learn some other interesting facts about the national holiday by the numbers? Wallet Hub has you covered… even breaking down New Years resolutions, like cutting out bad habits from the previous year, finally taking a Disney World vacation, or having more home celebrations.
Different countries do a variety of things. Fireworks displays, making a lot of noise, wishes of good luck, even wearing red underwear are all common traditions and New Years festivities.
They also celebrate at different times, like the Chinese New Year, for example. Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar and solar Chinese calendar.
What are the different ways you celebrate the start of each new year?