Happy New Year!
will not appear on Monday, Jan. 1 as the ASPPA office will be closed that day. We’ll be back on Wednesday, Jan. 3. We wish you happy new year, and offer some little-known facts concerning New Year's Day.
The Babylonians celebrated the start of the new year 4,000 years ago.
In many cultures, anything that is ring-shaped and is given or taken on New Year’s Day is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle.”
Eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve is a Spanish ritual meant to secure 12 happy months in the new year.
It is believed that using noisemakers and fireworks on New Year's Eve originated in ancient times, when it was believed that noise and fire would dispel evil spirits and bring good luck.
Pieces of confetti strewn across the Times Square in New York City are picked up and used by visitors there to convey their greetings and wishes for the New Year. Those pieces are added to the confetti which is eventually showered on the crowd gathered in Times Square for New Year’s Eve celebrations.