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New Year's Eve

Dec 30, 2016

Five, four, three, two, one... Happy New Year! Each December 31st, we gather with friends and family to usher in the new year - but how did these traditions begin? Get the goods right here!

History

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all modern holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4,000 years ago. In the years around 2,000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of a new year on what is now March 23rd, although they had no written calendar. March is actually a good time to celebrate a new year because spring begins and new crops are planted. The Romans' calendar was tampered with by so many emperors that it became out of sync with the sun. In 153 BC the Roman senate declared January 1st to be the beginning of the new year.

At midnight a brand new year begins!At midnight a brand new year begins!

Western Celebrations

Traditions of this holiday usually include making a New Year's resolution, which dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions include promising to clean your bedroom regularly or trying not to pick on your little sis/bro so much. The early Babylonians' most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

Fireworks are used to celebrate the New YearFireworks are used to celebrate the New Year

Celebrations Around the World

  • Turkey: New Year's celebrations begin on December 31st. Most people have a special dinner with family and friends. It should be no surprise that people in Turkey prepare a turkey feast. Homes are sometimes decorated with pine, but generally decorations aren't used.
  • Venezuela: People usually wear yellow underwear on New Year's Day for good luck. Most people also eat 12 grapes at midnight for good luck. Some people write wishes in a letter and then burn it. In almost every house, people have a big meal and make toasts with champagne.
  • Colombia: Burning "Mr. Old Year" is a New Year's tradition in some cities of Colombia. A big male doll stuffed with unwanted materials and sometimes fireworks is set on fire. These things will burn with the old year, meaning they want to forget all the bad things that happened during the past year.
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  • Keep my room cleaner.
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Laura-Melina
Laura-Melina posted in Debating:
"simran88" wrote:   Also, why would the government and NASA lie about the shape if the earth? What would it give them?  They don't want you to know what's on the other side  [s:p/1fas]
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Laura-Melina
Laura-Melina posted in Random:
Enjoy your adult life then. I will miss you :-(  [s:p/1nus]
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simran88
simran88 posted in Debating:
"unicornsrule626" wrote: "Fire667" wrote: "unicornsrule626" wrote: I've already stated my opinion on this subject. I've proved through real evidence and facts that the earth is indeed flat.  Yes, it had indents and high elevation, such as mountains, but overall, it's flat. If you need an example, think of a pancake. The pancake itself is flat, but it can have bubbles (mountains) and indents (such as valleys).    I'm not here to try and change anyone's opinion, only to state my own. This isn't about opinions the earth is spherical and that's a fact. Countless evidence proves this and if you don't believe that evidence then you your self should leave your home and travel as far in one direction as you can go you will not meet a end. I said opinion so I didn't get attacked. I know the earth is flat. All the 'evidence' comes from NASA and the government, both of which have lied to us countless times. Just because the earth is flat doesn't mean there has to be an edge. Go drive to a beach or look up 'ocean' on google.  The horizon is flat and doesn't bend at all. How is that possible on a ball earth? Have you ever travelled in plane? The horizon is a little curved. So the reason you gave is obviously not true.  Also, why would the government and NASA lie about the shape if the earth? What would it give them? 
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brilliantstudent
6 DAYS TO GO ! 
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brilliantstudent
"Abbergrl" wrote: "brilliantstudent" wrote: It all looks so different when you look back ....... What do you mean by that though? @Abbergrl  well that's too deep so leave it ;D
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