The following trivia bits make perfect conversation starters for a New Year’s party. Print them out and place them around the table or cut them out individually and put them in confetti balloons.
Symbols of the New Year
Father Time is known as Chronos in Greek mythology (also spelled Khronos or Chronus) Chronos as in chronology, chronic or chronicle. He is represented as an old man wearing a sash that is printed with the current year.
Baby New Year, the sweet baby wearing only a diaper and sash with the coming year displayed on it takes over for the retiring Father Time.
Janus, the dual-faced Roman god of gates, doorways, beginnings (and endings, as Romans believed that a good beginning produced a good ending) has a face looking forward to the New Year and one looking back to the old.
Candles are believed to give warmth, light, and cheer. Early American settlers treasured the bayberry candle and would save them for special occasions.
For a bayberry candle burned to the socket,Will bring joy to your heart & gold in your pocket.
Bonfires are another symbol of warmth and a passing of the old year and the birth of the new. Some people choose to sing and dance around the fire. Others add articles from the old year that they wish to forget; or make a list of all the negative things from the past year or wishes for the new year and add the written lists to the fire.
Fireworks and noise makers are believed to ward off evil spirits.
It is also common to have grapes for prosperity, pomegranates for abundance and mistletoe for good fortune.
Auld Lang Syne is translated "Old Long Since" meaning, "the good old days".
Ten Popular New Year’s Resolutions
10. Get Organized
9. Take A Trip
8. Find a Better Job
7. Volunteer and Help Others
6. Learn Something New
5. Quit Smoking/Drinking
4. Find a Soul Mate
3. Enjoy Life – Spend More Time with Family and Friends
2. Budget, Get out of Debt
1. Lose Weight and Get in Shape
The date for the Chinese New Year is January 26th, 2009. It is the Year of the Ox, year 4707, in the Chinese calendar.
The scythe packin’ Grim Reaper is said to originate from Father Time or Chronus.
January was named for Janus, Roman god of beginnings. (Click here to learn how the days of the week got their names.)
The word ‘wassail’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word waes hael, be whole, be well.