2. Kwanzaa began on December 26th. It is a week long celebration that honors the Afro-American culture and heritage. Each day follows the seven principles, Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.
3. The Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Christmas, December 25th also know as Christmastide. The Twelfth Night of Christmas is always on the evening of 5 January, but the Twelfth Day can either precede or follow the Twelfth Night according to which Christian tradition is followed. Twelfth Night is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. In some traditions, the first day of Epiphany (6 January) and the twelfth day of Christmas overlap. It all sounds confusing to me but it is when my Christmas tree comes down.
4. The Times Square Ball is a time ball dropped each year during the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made by Waterford Crystal and electric lights is raised to the top of a pole on the One Times Square building at 6:00 pm and then lowered to mark the coming of the New Year. The ball descends 77 feet (23 m) over the course of a minute, coming to rest at the bottom of its pole at midnight, and a sign lights up with the digits of the new year, as the ball's lights turn off. Fireworks are then lighted from the building to signal the arrival of the New Year. Toshiba's Times Square advertising screen directly below the ball counts down to midnight as well alongside several other billboards in the area, including the Budweiser and Coca Cola signs.
Every year up to one million people gather in Times Square to watch the ball drop, and an estimated 1 billion watch the video of the event, 100 million of them in the United States.
5. The Tournament of Roses Parade, better known as the Rose Parade, is "America's New Year Celebration", a festival of flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians and a college football game on New Year's Day (but moved to Monday if New Year's Day falls on a Sunday), produced by the non-profit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. The annual parade was first held January 1, 1890 in Pasadena, California. The maker of Wrigley's chewing gum, William Wrigley Jr.'s, stately Italian Renaissance-style mansion was offered to the city of Pasadena after Mrs. Wrigley's death in 1958, under the condition that their home would be the Rose Parade's permanent headquarters. Tournament House is the name given the former home where the organization is headquartered.
6. The Mummers Parade according to mummers.com dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Saturnalias where Latin laborers marched in masks throughout the day of satire and gift exchange. This included Celtic variations of “trick-or-treat” and Druidic noise-making to drive away demons for the new year. Reports of rowdy groups “parading” on New Years day in Philadelphia date back before the revolution. Prizes were offered by merchants in the late 1800′s. January 1, 1901 was the first “official” parade offered about $1,725 in prize money from the city. The Mummers parade is a celebration of the New Year but is serious business in Philadelphia. Parade results can be found at this link, mummers.com
7. Timeanddate.com is a cool website where you can look up who is celebrating New Year's at what time around the world. Here is the link to Philadelphia, just in case you lose track of time that day another clue is usually the banging of pots and pans and or fireworks at the start of the new year. The time and date link is universal.
8. Here is a fun link to one of my favorite websites snopes.com New Year's superstition's. I check this website all the time when I get one of those FW: emails that just seem to be far fetched. Check out the link it has some interesting stuff. I can't verify it is true though.
9. The NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic will be held at Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park this year on January 2nd. The Philadelphia Flyers Alumni will play the New York Rangers Alumni.
10. Many cities in the United States as well as around the world celebrate ringing in the New Year this wiki link mentions a few perhaps that are closer to home for you.
In 2000 for the new millennium, London constructed the London Eye Ferris Wheel.
and in Paris
Fireworks center around the Eiffel Tower.
You still have a little time to make your plans. I suppose there is a bucket list in here somewhere.
Pay safe the rest of your life is ahead of you Arrive Alive!!
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