New Year’s Fun Facts
The New Year is just around the corner, with all its celebrations and the unknowns of 2015. There are many ways to celebrate and prepare for the future, but what better way to celebrate than with some fun information that you can pull out at the New Year’s party to shock your whole family! Here are some fun facts about New Year’s that you may not have known.
- Out of all of the holidays that we celebrate in the modern world, New Year’s is the oldest. Celebrating the New Year dates back as far as 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon.
- Many countries do not celebrate New Year’s on the 1st of January. Instead, they celebrate it in the spring to mark the season of rebirth and new crops.
- January, the first month of the year, is named after the Roman god Janus (the Latin word for door). Janus is the god with two faces, one looking backwards and one looking forwards. This image marks the spirit of the opening of a new time or new year.
- It used to be believed that the first visitor in New Year’s Day would either bring good luck or bad luck for the rest of the year, all depending on who the visitor was.
- Consuming black-eyed peas and other vegetables of the legume family is considered good luck in many cultures.
- The noise-making and the fireworks that we associate with New Year’s celebrations originated in ancient times when fire and noise were considered to be ways of dispelling evil spirits and bringing good luck.
To impress your friends and family at your New Year’s party, keep in mind these fun facts about New Year’s and how we celebrate it. Contact Weeks & Associates Insurance Services in Thousand Oaks for all of your California insurance needs. Speak with one of our knowledgeable agents today to get the protection you need to have a happy New Year in 2015.