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New Year's Trivia

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40 to 45% of _____ adults make one or more New Year's resolutions each year.
Dionysus - Greek God of _____The tradition of using a baby to signify the New Year was started around 600 B.C by the ancient Greeks, who, at the start of a year would carry a baby around in a basket. The purpose of it was to honor the God and symbolize his annual rebirth.
It was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the
On December 31, people of Japan eat a bowl of
Most common resolutions deals with weight _____
In _____ people eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight on NYE. This peculiar ritual originated in the twentieth century when freak weather conditions resulted in an unseasonable bumper harvest of grapes. Not able to decide what to do about so many grapes at Christmas time, the King and grape growers came up with the idea of the New Year ritual.
Cabbage is another "good _____" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency.
In Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico, people with hopes of traveling in the New Year carry a _______ around the house at midnight. Some even carry it around the block to ensure traveling at greater distances.
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Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a _____ is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle.
The people in China believe that there are evil spirits that roam the earth. So on New Year they burn _______ to scare the evil spirits. The doors and windows of every home in china can be seen sealed with paper. This is to keep the evil demons out.
In China, many people wear in the new year a new pair of _____ that is bought before the new year, because it means to step on the people who gossip about you.
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In some regions, _____ is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.
In Columbia, Cuba and Puerto Rico families stuff a life-size male doll with things and then they dress it up in old clothes from each family member. At the stroke of midnight, this 'Mr. Old Year' is set on _____. This is done with the simple belief that a doll thus stuffed have bad memories or sadness associated with them, and that the burning of these will help one to do away with all past grief's and usher in happiness in life with the coming year.
The first Ball Lowering celebration in _____ was held on December 31, 1907 and is now a worldwide symbol of the turn of the New Year, seen via satellite by more than one billion people each year. The original New Year's Eve Ball weighed 700 pounds and was 5 feet in diameter. It was made of iron and wood and was decorated with 100 25-watt light bulbs
New Year in Scotland is called _____. The people in Scotland follow a ritual that appears nutty but actually has a great significance. One can find barrels of tar set afire and gradually rolled down the streets in the villages of Scotland. This ritual symbolizes that the old year is burned up and New Year is going to begin.
Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming ___ ___ ___. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. These and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures.
The Jewish New Year is called _____
The Dutch believe that eating _____ on New Year's Day will bring good fortune
In Greece children leave their _________ by the fireside on NYE with hopes St Basil, who was famous for his kindness, will come and fill them with gifts
The ancient Persians gave New Year's gifts of _____, which symbolized productiveness.
On New Year's Day in Japan, everyone gets dressed in their new clothes. Homes are decorated with _____ branches and bamboo, both of which are considered to be the symbols of long life.