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New Year

Cultures That Don't Celebrate New Year's Day On January...

December 28, 2020

Performers take part in the traditional dragon-and-drums Chinese new year parade. (Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images) As midnight approaches on December 31, the...

The Gregorian Calendar: Why Are The Months And Days The...

December 27, 2020

(Biblioteca del Vaticano/Wikimedia Commons) January 1 marks the start of a new year, at least according to the Gregorian calendar. We've been using this calen...

Why Does The Times Square Ball Drop On New Year's Eve?

December 31, 2019

Americans have a lot of different ways of celebrating the new year. In some regions, people eat black eyed peas for good luck; those of us lucky enough to have a part...

Times Square's Confetti Is Made Of People's Actual Drea...

December 29, 2019

Confetti rains down on New Year's Eve partygoers. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images) When the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops on New Year's Eve, b...

Auld Lang Syne: Song Meaning, History, And Why We Sing ...

December 27, 2019

An onlooker holds a glass of champagne at a New Year's Eve celebration on Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse\City of Sydney/Getty Images...