Interesting trivia I thought I'd share with you.
It is often thought that the first visitors you see after ringing in the
New Year would bring you good or bad luck, depending on who you keep as
friends and enemies. That's why most people celebrating on New Year's
Eve often do so with friends and family.
Items or food that is
ring-shaped is also good luck. This symbolizes "coming full circle",
which is what one year does. Some cultures eat ring-like food through
the evening and through the night to ensure that good luck will be
bestowed upon everyone who eats. The Dutch often eat doughnuts.
that are eaten on New Year's Eve are cabbage because the leaves
represent prosperity. Ham (or a hog) also symbolizes prosperity. In
Asian cultures, rice is a hearty and lucky staple that is eaten around
midnight to signify the coming year of fortune.
Auld Lang Syne is
sung at midnight to toast in the New Year. The song was composed by
Robert Burns sometimes in the 1700's. The term means "old long ago" or
"the good old days."
Stats of the first New York ball: 700 pounds; 5 feet in diameter. The ball was made from wood and iron.
modern ball that is dropped is made from Waterford Crystal and weights
over 1,000 pounds. There are over 9,000 LED lights, but uses hardly any
energy. The ball begins to drop at 11:59 and completes the journey
exactly at midnight to ring in the New Year.