1. Each New Year's Eve, 1 million people gather in New York City's Times Square to watch the famous ball drop. Close to 1 billion people around the world watch it on TV.
2. The Time Square Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. Back then, the ball was made of iron and wood, was lit with 25-watt bulbs and weighed 700 pounds.
3. Today, the Times Square Ball is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,000 LEDs, weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.
4. In 1942 and 1943, the ball was not lowered because of wartime restrictions.
5. Approximately, 2,000 pounds of confetti is dropped on the crowd in Times Square at midnight.
6. Approximately 22% of people admit to falling asleep before midnight on New Year's Eve.
7. Approximately 44% of American adults plan to kiss someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.
8. It's tradition to ring in the New Year with family and friends because it's said that the first people you see will either bring you good luck or bad luck (so keep your foes away).
9. The tradition of setting off firecrackers and other noise makers at midnight on New Year's Eve started to scare away any remaining evil spirits and to ensure a brand new start.
10. Many people celebrate the new year by popping open a bottle of bubbly. Each holiday season, Americans consume close to 360 million glasses of sparkling wine.
12. Auld Lang Syne, meaning "times gone by," is a song traditionally sung at the end of New Year's parties. While most people don't know the words to the song, the overall message is that people have to remember their loved ones, dead or alive, and keep them close to their hearts.
13. Many people across the United States will eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck throughout the coming year. Be sure to also eat leafy greens, as the more you eat, the more prosperity you'll experience.
14. If you want to have a Happy New Year, don't eat lobster or chicken. Lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune.
15. The first recorded New Year's celebration dates back 4,000 years to Babylon, when the first moon after the spring equinox marked the new year. In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar created a calendar with January 1 as the first day of the year.
16. The month of January is named after Janus, the god with two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward. He is the god of beginnings, transitions, gates, doors, passages and endings.
17. The top three most visited destinations in the United States to travel to for New Year's Eve are New York City, Las Vegas and Walt Disney World. Globally, Sydney, Australia is the destination of choice, as you can see over 80,000 fireworks go off over the famed Sydney Opera House.
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