New Year’s Day is a holiday celebrated all over the world with different customs and rituals. I’m going to help you relax with some New Year fun facts and traditions passed down by generations in countries all over the globe.

New Year’s Day is the oldest celebrated holiday

The Babylonians began celebrating New Year’s Day on March 23, around 2000 BC. The end of March was the logical choice for the New Year because it’s the beginning of spring and it’s also when new crops are planted. The Babylonians festivities would last eleven days, and each day was celebrated differently.

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In years to come, the Romans continued celebrating New Year’s Day at the end of March, but with every new emperor came change and soon the festivities were celebrated on January 1st. This date has no special significance; it was completely random.

Bonus age

In Korea and some other Asian countries, when you are born, you are considered one year old and everyone’s age increases one year on New Year’s. So if you were born on December 29th, on New Year’s day, you will be considered 2 years old.

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New Year wishing message save the world

In 2010, a “Black Widow” suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year’s Eve, but was killed when a spam message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her, but nobody else.

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The ancient Hawaiian New Year

The ancient Hawaiian New Year was four months long, war was forbidden, people stopped working, and the people spent time dancing, feasting and having a good time.

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1000-year-long song

There is a 1000-year-long song in the making known as “Longplayer.” The song began on Jan. 1, 2000 and will continue until Dec. 31, 2999, where it will come back to the starting point of the song and begin again.

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