10 Insanely Interesting Unknown Facts About New Year

  • Some people wear adult diapers while celebrating New Year at Time Square due to the lack of toilets.
  • The date for Chinese New Year changes each year. It always falls between January 21 and February 20, determined by the Chinese lunar calendar.
  • Chinese New Year 2017 is on Saturday January 28.
  • January is named after Janus, the god with two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward.
  • Ethiopia has 13 months. Their current year is still 2006 and they celebrate New Years on September 11.
  • Russians celebrate the New Year twice, once on January 1st and then again on January 14th.
  • 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. 
  • About 1 million people gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop.
  • Every December 25th a town in Peru celebrates “Takanakuy”. Men, women, and children settle grudges with fistfights. Then everyone goes drinking together, ready to start the New Year with a clean slate. 
  • There is a music festival every New Year’s eve in the Antarctic called ‘ice stock’
  • After the French revolution, France briefly used a new calendar based on a decimal system; 10 days a week, 10 hours a day, 100 minutes per hour and 100 seconds per minute, and starting at Year 1.

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