Neat Facts About New Year's

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Where did the song Auld Lang Syne come from and what does it mean?
The Scottish lay claim to this historical song. Scotland.org claims that “in 1788 Robert Burns sent the poem 'Auld Lang Syne' to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating that it was an ancient song but that he'd been the first to record it on paper. The phrase 'auld lang syne' roughly translates as 'for old times' sake', and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.”
 
When did we start celebrating New Year's Eve?   
 The earliest recorded festivities in honour of New Year’s date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon where they celebrated the new moon after the winter solstice. They typically meant they celebrated closer to March or April. It wasn’t until Julius Caesar reorganized the calendar year that the first of January became recognized as the first day of the year.
 
What is the strangest New Year’s tradition?
Since 1907, New York’s Time Square celebrates by dropping a glowing orb at the stroke of midnight. Various towns across the United States picked up the tradition, but put their own local spin on it. In Dillsburg, Pennsylvania they drop pickles and in Tallapoosa, Georgia – possums!
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