New Year the start of something fresh and new, here are some fun facts about the big build up to the start of the year.
Auld Lang Syne means Times Gone By and dates from 1788 and is credited to Robert Burns but was actually from someone else.
In some countries lobsters and chickens are considered bad luck at New Year because logsters can move backwards and chickens scratch backwards.
The famous Ball Drop in Ney York City was in 1907 after there was a ban on fireworks. 1 million people watch the ball drop live every year and over a billion watch it on TV.
The earliest New Year celebrations were in Mesopotamia in 2000BC.
January was named after the Roman god Janus with two faces, one looking forward to the new year and the other looking backwards to the past.
Fireworks, firecrackers and noise makers became a tradition on New Years Eve as a way to ward off evil spirits and ensure a new start to the year.
I Italy people wear red underwear on New Year's Eve for luck, this tradition dates back to medieval times.
Many big cities host huge parties at New Year, Edinburgh is the biggest in Scotland, in New York they have the famous Ball Drop, In London Big Ben tolls out the midnight hour, In Japan all the Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times at midnight, in Mexico people eat a grape for every chime of the midnight bells for good luck and Sydney and Dubai are famed for their amazing fireworks.
Here in Scotland New Year's Eve is called Hogmanay and New Year's Day was actually our biggest holiday of the year until 1958 when Christmas Day officially became a holiday in Scotland. This was due to the Prodestant Reforendum that banned Christmas in Scotland for 400 years. It was not until 1974 that Boxing Day actually became a public holiday in Scotland.
In Scotland First Footing means someone coming to your door right after midnight bearing a piece of coal for warmth, whisky and food.
Whereas most countries celebrate New Year's Eve and then rest on the 1st of January, in Scotland the first day of January has always been a public holiday and people would party on with family and friends throughout the day. Scotland has the 2nd of January as a holiday as well to recover from all that merrymaking!
It is tradition in Scotland to clean the house thoroughly just before New Year.
On 1st January there is the Loony Dook where hundreds of people jump into the Firth of Forth in Queensferry for charity.
Black Bun and streak pie are traditionally eaten at New Year here in Scotland.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
PS Check out our Pinterest Board for New Year fun facts and recipes.