January 1st – New Year’s Day
January 1st, also known as New Year’s Day, is the first day of the year and a time for new beginnings.
When is New Year’s Day?
New Year’s Day is always on January 1st. It is the day after New Year’s Eve
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How is New Year’s Day celebrated?
- New Year’s Day is usually celebrated by resting after celebrating New Year’s Eve.
- The day after we bring in the new year, is frequently spent on the couch recuperating from a late night spent with friends and family.
- It is also celebrated by having friends and family over for brunch or dinner to celebrate the new year.
Fun New Year’s Day Facts:
- The song traditionally sung on New Year’s, “Auld Lang Syne,” means “times gone by”.
- People eat certain foods that are considered good luck. This includes oranges, black eyed peas, ham, and cabbage. There is an old wives tale if you eat any of these foods you will be prosperous and will have good luck.
- Lobster and chicken are considered bad luck because lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune.
- In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long. The tradition dates back to medieval times.
- Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. The original ball weighed 700 pounds and featured 100 25-watt bulbs.
Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on January 1st:
J.Edgar Hoover – former head of the FBI
J. D. Salinger – famous author
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