Happy New Year!

By ASPPA • December 30, 2016 • 0 Comments
ASPPA Connect will not appear on Monday, Jan. 2 as the ASPPA office will be closed that day. We’ll be back on Wednesday, Jan. 4. We wish you happy new year, and offer some little-known facts concerning New Year's Day.

The ancient Greeks began representing the new year with a baby around 600 B.C.

Julius Caesar established the start of the new year as Jan. 1; before that, they had observed it on March 1.

It is said that one should ring in the new year with family and friends because the first people you see will either give you good luck or bad luck.

Las Vegas, Disney World and New York City are the most popular places to celebrate New Years Eve.

The first major city to celebrate the arrival of a new year is Sydney, Australia.

More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

The first time the ball was dropped in Times Square in New York City was on New Year's Eve in 1907 after fireworks were banned.

The first ball dropped in New York City’s Time Square weighed 700 pounds and was embellished with 25-watt bulbs. The ball now weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and sports 2,668 Waterford crystals.

The ball has been dropped in Times Square every year since 1907 except 1942 and 1943.